France's Macron urges resumption of Mideast peace talks

Pauline Gross
July 17, 2017

Then, the Jews were transported, partly on French national railway cars, to Nazi death camps in Eastern Europe.

But in an interview Sunday in the Journal du dimanche newspaper, he insisted he was "not trying to confuse the subject of the commemoration and Franco-Israeli relations".

Macron declared that France "will never give in to anti-Semitism", adding that "There is a new kind of anti-Semitism and racism today in France" and they have new "propaganda tools like social media". "It's true that Vichy wasn't all of France, but Vichy was the government of France and the French establishment It was responsible for deporting French Jews, and not the Germans". He said this is "convenient, but it is false" as an interpretation of history. "You can't build pride on a lie".

French Jewish leaders hailed Macron's speech Sunday - even as critics railed at him online, where renewed anti-Semitism has flourished.

TRT World's Kim Vinnell reports.

He confirmed France's long-held policy that favours a two-state solution with Jerusalem as the capital for the Palestinian state and Israel and said he would visit Israel "in the coming months", at the invitation of the Israeli prime minister.

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It remains unclear, however, whether Macron will follow the more interventionist approach taken by his predecessor Francois Hollande, whose efforts to mobilize the global community on the question infuriated Israel.

Regarding Palestine, Netanyahu told the French president that the source of the conflict is the Palestinian refusal to recognize a national state for the Jewish people and to allow it to live in peace.

Mr. Netanyahu's last official visit to France was to attend the unity march following the attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, police officers, and a kosher supermarket in January 2015.

The Union of French Jews for Peace, a pro-Palestinian organisation, described the decision to invite Mr Netanyahu as "shocking" and "unacceptable".

Macron raised concerns about the arming of Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah.

Tensions have risen between Hezbollah and its longtime foe Israel since Donald Trump became U.S. president with his tough talk against Iran.

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