French President Emmanuel Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse of a leading intellectual
19 February, 2019, 10:44
French prosecutors have opened an investigation Sunday into anti-Semitic comments made by Yellow Vest protesters against a renowned philosopher and intellectual a day earlier.
"The anti-Semitic insults he has been subjected to are the absolute negation of who we are and what makes us a great nation". Interior Minister Christophe Castaner described the actions of the protesters as "intolerable".
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The insults included words like "Zionist!" and "Go back to Tel Aviv!" and "We are France!"
The Ifop poll said almost half of the "yellow vests" believed in a worldwide "Zionist plot", as well as the "Great Replacement" theory, which posits that immigration is being organised deliberately "to replace Europe's native populations".
"I felt absolute hatred and, unfortunately, this is not the first time", Mr Finkielkraut, 69, told Journal du Dimanche. He expressed relief that police intervened.
Paris last weekend saw a rash of anti-Semitic vandalism, including swastikas drawn on pictures of Holocaust survivor Simone Veil and the word "Juden" spray painted on a Jewish-owned bagel shop.
During the latest episodes, the memorial for Ilan Halimi, a young Jewish man who was kidnapped and killed in 2006, was desecrated when a tree planted in his memory was chopped down.
He said that President Macron had spoken with him on telephone on Saturday to offer his support. But he warned that the movement had been "infiltrated" by far right and far left groups "who display crass anti-semitism". But they offered no direct evidence of a link, and the rise in anti-Semitic acts predates the movement, which began in November.
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