Paris (Dec. 15)
A French senator claimed today that the French gendarmerie has computerized tens of thousands of Jewish names as part of a special Jewish file. Senator Rene Caillavet, president of a human rights organization which aims at protecting the private lives of French citizens from electronic and computerized registration and surveillance, charged other Administrations with continuing to carry the word “Jews” in certain war-time files.
Caillavet said that the gendarmerie, a uniformed national police attached to the Ministry of Defense, might still have in its archives the “Jewish file” put together by the war-time Vichy Administration’s Department for Jewish Affairs. The Senator told a press conference that he has not managed to find any trace that these files have been destroyed or relayed to another Administration. Caillavet charged certain Administrations with generally keeping special files on minority groups such as Jews, homosexuals and Masons.
Caillavet is a Centrist Senator known for his work on behalf of human rights and the protection of individuals and minority groups.