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Briefly: Sunday shopping hours extended for Olympics
Question of the Day
LONDON — The Olympics are bringing longer Sunday shopping hours to England.
Currently, British law stipulates that shops larger than 3,000 square feet can only open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. But Treasury chief George Osborne said many of the biggest Olympic events will be on a Sunday and he did not want millions of visitors to be turned away from closed shops.
The relaxation of the rules will only be for eight Sundays until the end of the Paralympic Games on Sept. 9.
Hollande marks Holocaust anniversary
PARIS — President Francois Hollande led ceremonies Sunday marking the 70th anniversary of the largest roundup of Jews in World War II France, and promised to crack down on anti-Semitism in a country reeling from killings at a Jewish school in March.
Thousands of men, women and children were eventually taken to the Nazi’s Auschwitz death camp, where they were killed.
“Not one German soldier, not one was mobilized during this entire operation,” he said.
Mr. Hollande invoked the memory of a killing of three Jewish schoolchildren and a rabbi in the southern French city of Toulouse in March.
“Four months ago … children died for the same reason as those in the Vel d’Hiv — because they were Jewish,” he said.
He said the security of the Jewish community is the business of the whole country.
Mr. Hollande paid tribute to the “courage” of Jacques Chirac, the last French president to lead a ceremony there in 1995. Mr. Chirac, for the first time, acknowledged France’s role in Jewish persecution.
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