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Macron: Anti-Zionism is a new form of antisemitism
Macron: Anti-Zionism is a new form of antisemitism

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered forceful remarks on Sunday at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Jews from Paris, attacking his political rival Marine Le Pen and other figures who claimed that the Vichy government which collaborated with the Nazis during the Second World War did not represent France. 

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attended the ceremony in Paris alongside Macron. 

"There are those who say Vichy wasn't France," Macron said. "It's true that Vichy wasn't all of France, but Vichy was the government of France and as the French establishment, it was responsible for deporting French Jews, and not the Germans." 

Macron said that denying or hiding France's role in WWII is a disgrace. 

"We have a responsibility to realise where and when we have failed," he said. "The underground and those who rescued Jews saved France's dignity, but the Vichy government was the reality. It's convenient and easy to see Vichy as something perpetrated by foreign agents but it was the reality. You can't build pride on a lie."

Macron condemned Holocaust denial and antisemitism in France today, saying that it has taken a new shape, and that anti-Zionist and anti-Israel expressions should be opposed. "It's a new type of antisemitism," he said. 

At the ceremony, Netanyahu lauded Macron's statement from a few days ago that France is in a war of civilisations against radical Islamic terrorism. 

"Your struggle against militant Islam is our struggle," he said. "We must stand against them together and defeat them together."

Following the ceremony, Netanyahu arrived at the Élysée Palace for a meeting with Macron. 

 Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz

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