French lawmaker says Eric Zemmour is part of the problem of anti-Semitism in France – .

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French lawmaker says Eric Zemmour is part of the problem of anti-Semitism in France – .


During a Holocaust commemoration event, a French official said the rhetoric of Eric Zemmour, the right-wing Jewish expert and potential presidential candidate, compounded the problem of anti-Semitism in France.

“A potential candidate, the polemicist Éric Zemmour, makes multiple shocking statements about Pétain and Dreyfus, reinforcing the existing clichés about powerful Jews and their dual allegiance,” said Marion Lenne, legislator of the centrist La République en Marche! celebration, during a conference on anti-Semitism at the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum on the eve of the anniversary of the Crystal Night pogroms of 1938.

Lenne – who is also secretary of the foreign affairs committee of the National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament – was referring to statements by Zemmour on the infamous Albert Dreyfus affair and Philippe Pétain, the head of Vichy France, who collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II.

Zemmour, who has not announced a political candidacy but still polls among President Emmanuel Macron’s most serious challengers in the spring elections, said earlier this year that Dreyfus, the Judeo-French army captain of he German origin, whose prosecution for specious espionage allegations has been widely condemned as anti-Semitic, may have been targeted “because he is German, not because he is Jewish.”

He also agrees with a controversial historical theory which claims that the Vichy government sacrificed foreign Jews to save local Jews. Accepted by some historians, it is strongly contested by others, who claim that the Vichy government also betrayed Jews of French nationality.

French chief rabbi Haim Korsia publicly called Zemmour an anti-Semite last month, sparking criticism, including in an op-ed for the French Jewish newspaper Tribune Juive.

Last week, Zemmour responded to the allegations in an interview with i24 News, an Israeli news channel.

French journalist Eric Zemmour leaves after delivering a speech at the UMP political party conference at the National Assembly in Paris (credit: CHARLES PLATIAU / REUTERS)“The Chief Rabbi said I was anti-Semitic and not really Jewish. Non-Jews who hear this have a reaction ranging from disbelief to mockery. It’s grotesque, ”Zemmour said. Korsia, Zemmour said, “wants to give Macron my scalp.”

Zemmour, a son of immigrant Algerian Jewish parents, known for his staunch nationalist and anti-immigrant rhetoric, has divided French Jews on political issues.

Lenne made his statement Monday at Auschwitz 2021, a conference in Krakow dedicated to the fight against anti-Semitism and attended by dozens of European Union officials.

“Europe is fighting anti-Semitism, but not winning yet,” Rabbi Menachem Margolin, president of the EJA, said at the conference his group co-organized with the monitoring group Action and Protection League .

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