Lawmaker proposes barring SNCF from fast-train contracts for Holocaust connections

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. representative from Florida said he will propose legislation to bar France’s SNCF from bidding on fast-train projects in Florida and California, Agence France-Presse has reported. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Fla., said the railroad’s connections to the Holocaust during Nazi occupation in World War II should preclude it from participating.

“I am a strong supporter of high speed rail for the economic benefits it will bring to Florida,” he said, “but moving ahead with SNCF’s bid doesn’t represent progress, it represents a major step backward and a direct insult to Holocaust survivors and their families.”

After Nazi Germany invaded France in 1940, SNCF transported French Jews to concentration camps. The company counters that the railroad was “under the yoke of the Nazi occupiers, threatened with death,” Chairman Guillaume Pepy said. “Two thousand railway workers were executed by the Nazis.”
WASHINGTON — A U.S. representative from Florida said he will propose legislation to bar France’s SNCF from bidding on fast-train projects in Florida and California, Agence France-Presse has reported. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Fla., said the railroad’s connections to the Holocaust during Nazi occupation in World War II should preclude it from participating.

“I am a strong supporter of high speed rail for the economic benefits it will bring to Florida,” he said, “but moving ahead with SNCF’s bid doesn’t represent progress, it represents a major step backward and a direct insult to Holocaust survivors and their families.”

After Nazi Germany invaded France in 1940, SNCF transported French Jews to concentration camps. The company counters that the railroad was “under the yoke of the Nazi occupiers, threatened with death,” Chairman Guillaume Pepy said. “Two thousand railway workers were executed by the Nazis.”
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