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Mr. Alain Leray

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President and Chief Executive Off...

Local Address: Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States
SNCF America

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Past Presidents and Board Members, 26 Jan 2013 [cached]
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Alain Leray, president and ..., 8 Mar 2014 [cached]
Alain Leray, president and chief executive of SNCF America, said he hopes the French-U.S. reparations talks "bring peace and closure to this tragic issue."
But he said those fighting SNCF's business interests in the United States ignore that the company was placed under German command by a 1940 armistice agreement after Germany occupied France.
"I understand their feelings. I understand their sadness. I understand their anger," Leray said.
Alain Leray, president of ..., 21 May 2014 [cached]
Alain Leray, president of Rockville-based SNCF America, said SNCF will focus on whether the new bill would be "discriminatory" against the company.
But Alain Leray, president ..., 22 Feb 2014 [cached]
But Alain Leray, president and CEO of SNCF America, insisted that the Nazis never paid the railroad anything and said the document Tamen has involved a transport that did not involve Jews.
"Under the June 1940 armistice convention, France was defeated by the Nazis and it said all of the railroads would be under German command," he said. "They took over and stole everything. They stole 2,000 locomotives and killed more than 2,100 of my colleagues - 820 were beheaded. How is this cooperating with the Nazis?"
Leray said a total of 76,000 Jews were transported on German trains pulled from Paris by SNCF locomotives on SNCF tracks to the German border, Leray said. There, German locomotives replaced the French ones and pulled the trains all the way to Nazi death camps in Poland. About 3,000 passengers survived the war.
Most of the deportees were French citizens and in 1950 those who survived were automatically given a disability pension for the rest of their lives; spouses were also paid, Leray said.
Leray said the two funds have paid more than $6 billion. He said he believes the negotiations now being conducted between the U.S. and French governments would extend the disability pension and the spousal benefits to Americans. He added that he believed the issue of whether these payments would be retroactive is also being discussed.
Leray insisted that French law bars SNCF from paying reparations because deportations are treated differently than slave labor or the stealing of property.
"The state of France is the only entity by law - it was voted into law in 1948 - that is responsible for making payments to deportees," he said.
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