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French Jewish Leader Attacks Hollande

While potential far-right spoiler Le Pen throws Sarkozy under the bus

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Richard Prasquier in 2010.(Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images)

Marine Le Pen, the Front National leader who finished a strong third in the preliminary round of France’s presidential elections last week, could perhaps have driven center-right President Nicolas Sarkozy, the underdog compared to Socialist François Hollande, to victory had she decided to endorse him. But instead, she has decided to endorse no one and submit a blank ballot Sunday. The strategy is to hope Hollande wins and further destabilize Sarkozy’s party, in turn placing the FN—imminently to be renamed the Rassemblement Bleu Marine (the “Navy Blue Union,” but the pun only works en français!)—in a stronger position for June’s legislative elections. This is how the far-right becomes legitimized, so keep close watch.

As for ever-more-likely winner Hollande, a few days ago he visited a memorial to the 76,000 French Jews deported to the camps during the Holocaust and said that Iran’s nuclear program “disturbs me.” At the same time, Richard Prasquier, head of France’s official umbrella group of Jewish organizations, penned an article worrying about a Hollande victory. Sarkozy “has a deep knowledge of Israel and a deep sympathy for this country,” he wrote, adding that a Hollande victory would lead to “a surge in leftist and Communist manifestations of anti-Zionism.” And what of Le Pen, whose party actually has a not-at-all-distant anti-Semitic past? “The Muslim community and immigration issues were at the forefront of their campaign,” he explained. “Indeed, Marine Le Pen even tried to attract Jewish voters as if the past of the National Front and/or the view of some of its still influential leaders had not been known.”

In turn, other French Jews criticized Prasquier and the Jewish establishment he represents for making common cause with a resurgent far right and focusing disproportionate ire on a marginalized far left. Golly gee, that sure sounds familiar!

In France, It All Comes Down to Marine Le Pen [JPost]
French Jewish Leader in Hot Water Over Apparent Endorsement of Sarkozy [Haaretz]
Related: Send the Marine [Tablet Magazine]
Earlier: In France, Sarko Second, Le Pen Strong Third

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So, Prasquier is rooting for Sarko, who called Netanyahu a “liar”. Quite amusing and ironic.

yankl fijalkow says:

Nobody knows who is a liar…except another liar !!!

Leon Haller says:

Marine Le Pen is a moderate (a “Far Rightist” would demand the total expulsion of all non-Europeans from France immediately – and would declare martial law in order to do so). She is also the last hope to keep la belle france part of Western Civilization.

I’m not quite convinced the far right is less dangerous to Jews than the far left at this point. It may indeed differ from country to country–Geert Wilders in Holland doesn’t seem antisemitic, whereas Udo Voigt in Germany certainly is. Granted, with Muslim-on-Jew violence in France, the French Jews may have already made up their minds.

No matter who leads France, the Jews are a minority and more than ever a target from a rising radical Muslim population.
Hollande may have good intentions, but he needs the support of the communists and other left wing parties, who will ultimately bring the French economy into turmoil.
For the latter will never accept the austerity plans thus bringing Paris into conflict with Berlin the EU in general and finally the ECB.
We all know from our history books, what happens in Europe when the economy fails.
We also know that it is the minorities that suffer.
Nuff said.

Eitan-Golan. Israel.

Brothers and sisters! 
The global economy IS GOING TO COLLAPSE IN 5 DAYS! 
THIS IS THE WARNING CALL! 

REAL ALL ABOUT IT HERE: http://kodso.blogspot.com/ 

C’est honteux – même révoltant -. Le CRIF ne représente PLUS rien avec ce type à sa tête!!!!

Il faut maintenant organiser le campagne de dèsengagement du CRIF
D’URGENCE
 CRIF n’égale pas JUIF.

Unitedstatesisacorporation says:

I really don’t care about Jews, I wish these people would stop playing the sympathy card to get that they want.  I’m sick of it.

phill2012 says:

so get off this site, stupid- you’re not invited.

2storick6 says:

why not remove all the Christian martyrs, especially St Paul who codefied the earliest form of anti-semitism which eventuall germinated into the horrific deaths of 90 percent of Polish Jews alone.  Indeed, the pre St.Paul’s Jesus would have cried for mercy for his peoprle.  For shame on you !!!

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Unitedstatesisacorporation says:

 Why do you people act like Jews are the only important people? I DON’T CARE. Stop talking about them. They are not more important THAN ANYONE ELSE. The racism makes me sick with these Zionists.

finally israel is listening

hollande clinton merkel and their lobby are conspirating against israel

SavingRonStewart says:

Well “Ron Paulie Tin Foil Hat”. The Illuminati Eye as your avatar? Why can’t you guys just get over it and stop calling yourself libertarians, you do not seem to grasp even the basics of it.

 I guess you do not care. But why heap blame over the french Jews for caring about their community and trying to deal with racism, which is in fact real and on the rise.
Remember the Toulouse shootings? I guess you do not, because you do not care. If you do not care about them as Jews, how about caring because they are humans – quintessential for a libertarian.

Typical of the Ron Paulie tin hats. Look up these words: liberalism and humanism. Defending individual justice and liberty for all only  seems to encompass young white male atheists of America that wish they could just trash their income tax return, am I right? Minorities, foreigners,  Nah, don’t bother!
 And you keep slamming the right wing Christian GOPS for being nut jobs. My My. the sad irony of it.

You know what I think? You do not want do defend human rights and everything that comes with it such as religious freedom which includes Jews as well as Evangelitsts, and many others. EXERCISING your religion freely mr “Unitedstatesisacorporation” is also within those rights. Which means society must defend those rights. Got it? It is the foundation of what you claim to be part of: libertarianism. That is right Mr. “IthinkallcorporationscontrolAmerica” as a libertarian it is a civic duty also to defend the rights of fanatic and religious zealots. Hurts you does it not.

 I think your political stance is just an lame excuse for getting what only YOU want and not caring about anything or anyone else.

Well, news flash! That is not what true (non leftist) liberalism/libertarianism is about. That is something else and it is called nihilism.

unity100 says:

Another psycho/schizo. World would be better if we got rid of all these jew and muslim schizos.

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