NEW YORK - The World Jewish Congress sharply condemned Saturday's vicious antisemitic attack on French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut and commended French President Emmanuel Macron for his strong and unambiguous denunciation of the incident.
"The vile antisemitic invective hurled at Alain Finkielkraut by the so-called Yellow Vest protesters is unconscionable and must be condemned in no uncertain terms. They not only served to remind us of the sharp uptick in antisemitic incidents which have all too often led to violence and even death, but are eerily reminiscent of France's own antisemitic past during the Dreyfus Affair," said World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder. "At the same time, we commend French President Emanuel Macron for his prompt and unambiguous denunciation of this unseemly incident," Lauder added.
Demonstrators can be heard in videos of the incident hurling antisemitic slurs at Finkielkraut. President Macron reacted in a tweet that "the anti-Semitic insults he [Finkielkraut] has been subjected to are as the absolute opposite of who we are and what makes us a great nation. We will not tolerate them."