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Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Feb 18, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron condemned anti-Semitic abuse of a leading intellectual by "yellow vest" protesters, saying it would not be tolerated. Police intervened to protect philosopher and writer Alain Finkielkraut, 69, after he was targeted by a group of protesters on the fringe of a demonstration in central Paris on Saturday, according to videos posted on social networks. "The anti-Semitic 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. Several protesters shouted "Dirty Zionist," "We are the people," and "France is ours," according to a video broadcast by Yahoo! News. "I felt absolute hatred and, unfortunately, this is not the first time," Finkielkraut told Journal du Dimanche. "I would have been afraid if there had not been the police, fortunately they were there," he said.


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