“Nothing should divide us”. Emmanuel Macron launched a message on Saturday, November 11” unit “ in the name of French values“universalism” before the march on Sunday against anti-Semitism, during which he will be present “by thought”.
In a Letter to the French published in The Parisianthe head of state judges that a “France where our Jewish fellow citizens are afraid is not France”. He deplores “the unbearable resurgence of unbridled anti-Semitism” about the resurgence of anti-Semitic acts in the country since the start of the war in the Middle East triggered by the Hamas macres in Israel on October 7.
“Whether it is religious, social, identity-related or racial, anti-Semitism is always as Émile Zola presented it: odious”writes the Head of State on the eve of a “great civic march” which, according to him, must show a France “united behind its values, its universalism”.
Seeing “a reason for hope” in the marches organized on Sunday “for the Republic, against anti-Semitism, for the release of hostages and for peace”he believes that they “will express what is the very essence of the French project: the refusal of the ignment of difference. The defense of universalism ».
“Never divide us”
“This fight against anti-Semitism must never divide us or ever lead to pitting some of our compatriots against others. In our history, anti-Semitism has always been the prelude to other hatreds and racism.he insists.
The head of state hesitated for a long time to demonstrate on Sunday but will ultimately be present “by the heart and by the mind”. He had indicated earlier in the day that he saw “a lot of confusion” and of ” recovery “ policies.
On the sidelines of the 1918 Armistice commemorations, he responded to a woman introducing herself as a great-granddaughter of Captain Dreyfus, who told him she was “disappointed” by his absence at the demonstration. “I have never been to a demonstration of any kind”he had justified, wanting “to be firm on values” And “to act, otherwise I can demonstrate every week”.
Anti-Semitic acts have increased in France since October 7: “three times more acts of hatred against our Jewish compatriots in a few weeks than during the entire last year”recalls Emmanuel Macron in his Letter.
The president had already warned against any confusion between “the rejection of Muslims and the support of Jews”targeting the extreme right, whose announced presence at the march arouses embarrment on the left and in the majority given its history.
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The participation of the National Rally (extreme right), “a political party created by the heirs of Vichy”it’s not “not unity but indecency”judges government spokesperson Olivier Véran in The Parisian. The leader of the RN deputies, Marine Le Pen, considers for her part that the march should ” gather “ the French around the rejection of both anti-Semitism and “Islamist fundamentalism which is a totalitarian ideology”.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s France Insoumise, accused of ambiguities on anti-Semitism, is boycotting the demonstration due to the presence of the RN, even if Insoumis should line up behind other initiatives on Sunday, in Paris or in province.
The president of the Republicans (right) Eric Ciotti, for his part, asked Emmanuel Macron to “clarify the reasons” which led him not to come on Sunday, believing that the “at the same time is definitely no longer practicable”.
The World with AFP