French lawmaker on defensive over Hitler reference

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Posted: Jul 23, 2013 5:54 AM

PARIS (AP) — A French lawmaker is defending himself against accusations that he made an offensive reference to Nazi mass murder during a tense standoff with a group of Gypsies.

Gilles Bourdouleix, a member of parliament and mayor for the town of Cholet near Nantes, says that a recording of him saying "Maybe Hitler didn't kill enough of them" during an altercation Sunday is a "manipulation and a frame-up" and he threatened violence against the reporter who released the recording.

Speaking in an interview on French television station iTELE, Bourdouleix says that in the recording he was merely repeating a statement by the journalist.

The lawmaker also says that if he encountered the journalist from Courrier de l'Ouest newspaper who made the recording "I'd want to give him a couple of punches."