French President Emmanuel Macron followed in the footsteps of Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande today when he reiterated France's responsibility in the mass arrest of Jews in Paris during World War Two, today known as the Vel D'Hiv.

Mr Macron attended the commemoration ceremony with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu where the two leaders laid wreaths and listened to speeches by survivors, witnesses and France's Jewish community representatives.

In July 1942, after France collaborated with the Germans under the Vichy regime, French police executed a Nazi-ordered round-up in the Velodrome d'Hiver cycling stadium in Paris of 13,000 Jews, who were then deported to Auschwitz concentration camp.

Former French President Jacques Chirac officially acknowledged for the first time in 1995 French complicity in the wartime deportations. But it was only in 2009 that France's highest court recognised the state's responsibility.

About 76,000 Jews were arrested in France during World War Two and transported in appalling conditions in railway boxcars to concentration camps such as Auschwitz, where most died.

Between 1.2 and 1.5 million people died at the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps, most of them Jews. Many deaths were not registered because on arrival at Birkenau, groups were sent directly from their trains to nearby gas chambers.