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French President Emmanuel Macron and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 16, 2017Reuters

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to create two independent states following a commemoration denouncing France's collaboration in the Holocaust.

After the event with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris, Macron said that "everything should be done so that negotiations restart" with the aim of reaching a two-state solution, as the international community has long sought.

Macron's office said he is concerned about Israel's security but also about growing Jewish settlement building, and worried that Netanyahu is backing away from commitment to a two-state solution.

The event itself marked 75 years since a mass roundup of French Jews outside of Paris, with Macron lashing out at those who still downplay the French role in sending tens of thousands of Jews to death.

French far-right leaders, including Marine Le Pen, have long argued that the collaborationist Vichy regime did not represent the French state, but Macron dismissed those claims.

"It was indeed France that organised this," he said, adding that "not a single German" was directly involved.

Macron added: "It is convenient to see the Vichy regime as born of nothingness, returned to nothingness. Yes, it's convenient, but it is false. We cannot build pride upon a lie."

Some 13,000 French Jews were rounded up at the Vel d'Hiv stadium outside Paris on 16 July, 1942, before being deported to German camps.

They were among roughly 76,000 Jews that were deported from France to Nazi camps in the course of the war.

Macron also used the event to condemn an attack that killed two Israeli police officers at a Jerusalem shrine last week.

The French president also pledged to fight continued anti-Semitism. He called for thorough investigation into the recent killing of a Parisian woman believed linked to anti-Jewish sentiment.