Coming to defend his new film on the conflict in Ukraine, the French philosopher and essayist Bernard-Henri Lévy strongly criticized Jordan Bardella in the context of the RN’s participation in the march against anti-Semitism this Sunday.
Bernard-Henri Lévy was the guest ofAnne-Elisabeth Lemoinethis Friday, November 10, on France 5in “C à Vous”, to defend Ukraine at the hearthis third film, but also discuss the demonstrations scheduled this weekend throughout France, on the sidelines of the spectacular rise in anti-Semitic acts in France since the October 7 attacks perpetrated against Israel by Hamas and the IDF response in the Gaza Strip.
“Whether the National Rally has broken with its anti-Semitic past, I don’t believe it. There are still a few days on a competing channel, Jordan Bardella to the question of whether Jean-Marie Le Pen was anti-Semitic, answered no”, declared the philosopher about the president of the RN. Necessarily, Patrick Cohen reacted. “Does that make Jordan Bardella an anti-Semite?”the columnist asked him.
“Well, in any case that makes him someone who doesn’t know what anti-Semitism is and who really thinks that we can make the dubious puns of Jean-Marie Le Pen in the 90s with impunity. So, yes, he is definitely anti-Semitic“, continued the writer. “Bardella?”insisted his interlocutor, so that the public is sure of what we are talking about?
“Naturally. Not being able to recognize in the garbage that was uttered by Jean-Marie Le Pen, at the time, the mark of anti-Semitism. Not being able to say that we are breaking with that means that we ourselves are contaminated by this ideology…”, BHL repeated. Some will say he is wrong. Others will say he is right. Still, Jordan Bardella was quick to react, letting it be known that he intends to file a complaint against him for defamatory comments.
“…someone who doesn’t know what anti-Semitism is and who really thinks that we can make the dubious puns of Jean-Marie Le Pen in the 90s with impunity…”
BHL will not be at its first controversy. Since his entry into the media landscape in the 1970s, he has been the subject of regular criticism, both from some of his peers and from political, media and artistic figures, mainly relating to his philosophical work, his networks of support, his activism on geopolitical issues as well as his posture and personality.
“Afterwards, on the other hand, these debates really need to be put aside for 48 hours. Where Serge Klarsfeld is right is that there should be as many people as possible on Sunday…”
“Afterwards, on the other hand, these debates really have to be put aside for 48 hours. Where Serge Klarsfeld is right is that we need to be as numerous as possible on Sunday, whether we are from the National Rally or from France Insoumise. If on Sunday, there are women and men who, in defiance of the instructions given to them by a Mr. Mélenchon who believes he owns their votes and their feet, come to the demonstration, I would rejoice. There must be as many of us as possible!” concluded the philosopher, keen to recall the purpose of his presence in the show.
As a reminder, the march against anti-Semitism will leave from the Esplanade des Invalides, in Paris, at 2 p.m., to reach Place Edmond Rostand, in the 6th arrondist. Some 3,000 police officers were mobilized to ensure the security of the demonstration.