France criticizes Polish law banning 'Banderite ideology'

Source : 112 Ukraine

Paris found this law improper
16:37, 7 February 2018



France criticized the law on Institute of National Remembrance adopted in Poland, noting that nobody can rewrite the history. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the Foreign Minister of France claimed this as Le Figaro reported.

'This law is improper, we should not rewrite the history and it never ends well. Everything that can twist the history is negative', he noted, calling the voting in Poland 'culpable'.

He also noted that the moral pressure of the EU on Poland will be strong enough, talking about the response of the EU.

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'Finally, I hope that it will be so', the minister noted.

'I also hope that the Polish people can change their opinion', Le Drian claimed.

As we reported Polish leader Andrzej Duda has signed the bill with amendments to the law about the Institute of the National Memory in Poland. They stipulate criminal responsibility for the denial of the Volyn Massacre of the 1940s and forbid the propaganda of the 'Banderite ideology.

It also provides the criminal penalty for public accusations of Poland of crimes during Holocaust, of helping Nazi Germany, of military crimes or crimes against humanity. The bill forbids to use the combination of words “Polish death camp” when describing concentration camps that were on the territory of Poland. Any citizen of the country, including foreigners that breached the law will have to pay a fine or imprisoned for up to three years.

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Volodymyr Viatrovych, the director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, thinks that discussing historic issues with Ukrainians in Poland becomes impossible because of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance act, which provides criminal liability for denying the Massacres of Poles in Volyn and Eastern Galicia and “banderist ideology” propaganda. 

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