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13.1.2015. 0:23

‘France will no longer be France’ if Jews leave, prime minister says

January 11, 2015 

Francuska neće više biti ista ako Židovi odu, rekao je premijer  Francuske 

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls arriving at the Elysee Palace in Paris for a meeting with French Jewish leaders, Jan. 11, 2015. (Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

(JTA) — The soul of the French republic would be at risk if there were a mass exodus of Jews from France, the country’s prime minister said. In an interview published Saturday, Manuel Valls said that the emancipation of the Jews was a “founding principle” of the republic and that if they were to leave, “The French Republic will be judged a failure.” “If 100,000 French people of Spanish origin were to leave, I would never say that France is not France anymore,” said Valls, who is the son of Spanish immigrants. “But if 100,000 Jews leave, France will no longer be France. The French Republic will be judged a failure.”

"Duša" Francuske republike biti će ugrožena ako dođe do masovnog egzodusa Židova iz Francuske, rekao je premijer Manuel Valls, dajući intervju. Emancipacija Židova bila je "osnovni princip" republike i u slučaju njihovog odlaska, Francuska republika biti će u gubitku rekao je Valls, koji je sin španjolskog imigranta. "Ako 100.000 Židova ode, Francuska neće više biti Francuska, bit će to gubitak za  republiku"..

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“The Jews of France are profoundly attached to France but they need reassurance that they are welcome here, that they are secure here,” Valls said.

“There is a new anti-Semitism in France,” Valls said. “We have the old anti-Semitism, and I’m obviously not downplaying it, that comes from the extreme right, but this new anti-Semitism comes from the difficult neighborhoods, from immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa, who have turned anger about Gaza into something very dangerous. Israel and Palestine are just a pretext. There is something far more profound taking place now.”

Valls stressed that it is legitimate to criticize Israel’s politics and policies. But what is taking place in France, he said, “is radical criticism of the very existence of Israel, which is anti-Semitic. There is an incontestable link between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. Behind anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism