French Teacher Investigated for Sharing Holocaust Conspiracy Theories on Facebook

France's Education Ministry opens case into teacher who allegedly told her students to follow her page, where she wrote 'The Shoah was designed and organized by Jews.'

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France's Education Ministry began investigating a Parisian high school teacher who allegedly shared with her students on Facebook anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. saying “The Shoah was designed and organized by Jews.”

CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, complained to the ministry about the teacher earlier this week, according to a report Thursday in the group’s newsletter.

It did not name the female teacher in question but said she teaches at the prestigious Janson-de-Sailly school, a post high-school preparatory course, and that she invited the course’s students to follow her Facebook page.

The CRIF report was based on original reporting by the Le Canard Enchainé, a satirical weekly, which, alongside cartoons and satirical articles, also features investigative journalism items and news.

According to Le Canard Enchainé, the teacher wrote on her Facebook page against “the American Jewish lobby,” saying it supports Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. 

She also wrote that French President Francois Hollande “is a Jew who benefited from his belonging to that community to ascend in politics and who now denies this,” pretending to have a Catholic father. Hollande “is Jewish and denies it. Backpedaling will begin all over, now that it is less beneficial for Jewry,” the teacher also wrote, according to the CRIF newsletter.