Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse by ‘yellow vest’ protesters

Emmanuel Macron
Emmanuel Macron

Paris, Feb 17 : French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned anti-Semitic abuse directed at a prominent intellectual by a group of “yellow vest” protesters in Paris.

The incident took place as a total of 41,500 people participated in anti-government protests across the country for the 14th consecutive weekend on Saturday and police officers protected philosopher Alain Finkielkraut by forming a barrier around him after protesters targeted him by verbally insulting him.

“The antisemitic insults he has been subjected to are the absolute negation of what we are and what makes us a great nation. We will not tolerate it,” Macron tweeted.

“The son of Polish immigrants who became a French academician, Alain Finkielkraut is not only a prominent man of letters but the symbol of what the Republic allows everyone,” the president added in another tweet.

The 69-year-old Jewish academic said that he heard people shouting “dirty Zionist” and “throw yourself in the canal”.

He told that he felt an “absolute hate” directed at him, and would have been afraid for his safety if the police were not there, although he stressed that not all of the protesters were aggressive.

Finkielkraut, the son of Polish immigrants, has previously expressed sympathy for the protesters, but also voiced criticism of the movement.

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