1000’s of individuals in Paris, different gatherings in France, the Eiffel Tower lit up and the Israeli and French anthems sung on the Place du Trocadéro…. Monday October 9, indicators of solidarity multiplied in France, which has the biggest Jewish group in Europe, three days after the Hamas assaults on Israel, the most recent report of which exhibits greater than 900 lifeless, based on the military.
On the opening of the procession which introduced collectively some 16,000 individuals, based on the police headquarters, a banner “Terrorism, right here, there, similar combat, help for Israel”. Additional away, others brandished an indication “Solidarity with Israel in opposition to terrorism”.
Israeli anthem and Marseillaise
The ambiance was severe, faces closed, some males wore kippahs, many within the parade had include household or associates. “It warms my coronary heart however on the similar time it hurts to have to come back to this so that folks in France notice what we’re going via in Israel”, declares Dana, a 44-year-old Franco-Israeli, who didn’t want to give her final title. Upon arrival on the Trocadéro, the contributors stomp round and get impatient to see the Eiffel Tower lit up within the colours of Israel. “You notice, it’s Harry who’s in Israel who sends us a photograph of the tower! »laughs a demonstrator.
The demonstrators sang the Israeli anthem then La Marseillaise. And the Kaddish, the prayer for the lifeless on the very finish of the gathering. Within the crowd, we discuss with emotion about family members residing in Israel, we greet associates or acquaintances who’ve come to reveal, we debate the geopolitical penalties and we categorical indignation collectively on the killings.
Parade of politicians
Many personalities made the journey: the President of the Nationwide Meeting Yaël Braun-Pivet, the federal government spokesperson and Minister Delegate answerable for Democratic Renewal Olivier Véran, the Minister of the Civil Service Stanislas Guerini, the regional presidents Valérie Pécresse (Ile-de-France), Xavier Bertrand (Hauts-de-France), and Laurent Wauquiez (Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne).
On the assembly, there have been additionally the previous President of the Republic Nicolas Sarkozy and his spouse Carla Bruni, the president of the LR celebration Eric Ciotti, the PS deputy Boris Vallaud and even the senator Yannick Jadot. Among the many most heard slogans: “Launch the hostages!” » or “Israel will dwell, Israel will overcome!” »
On the political aspect, criticism continued to rain down on La France insoumise for its positions thought-about too ambiguous. The boss of the PS Olivier Faure, who has at all times defended the union of left-wing events, thought-about that the declarations of LFI “will go away traces”requiring “explanations”.
Demonstrations all through France
In Marseille, a metropolis which has one of many largest Jewish and Muslim communities in France, almost 500 individuals, principally aged, gathered in silence in entrance of the Prefecture. No banners or indicators however solely two massive French flags and two massive Israeli flags.
5 hundred individuals additionally in Bordeaux, in entrance of the nice synagogue, 250 in Excursions in entrance of the Yitzhak Rabin stele, within the courtyard of the city corridor, just a few hundred in Lille. Earlier within the day, representatives of the Jewish group have been acquired by Gérald Darmanin in Paris. “To the touch a Jew is to the touch the entire Republic”declared the Minister of the Inside on the finish of the assembly, emphasizing the “nice firmness of the State”with “1000’s of police, gendarmes and troopers” mobilized to safe colleges and locations of worship specifically.
Anti-Semitic remarks after the assault
Since Saturday “round twenty anti-Semitic acts have been recorded” et ” ten individuals “ arrested, both for “anti-Semitic remarks or as a result of they threatened locations of worship or individuals who have been leaving these locations of worship”added the minister.
The president of Crif (Consultant Council of Jewish Establishments in France) Yonathan Arfi, for his half, stated his “reduction to see that the minister is taking the required measures” in a local weather that he described as« inflammable ». “We all know that every one conflicts within the Center East find yourself mechanically leading to a rise in anti-Semitic acts in France”he added.
Gérald Darmanin, the Chief Rabbi of France Haim Korsia, the president of the Central Consistory Elie Korchia and the president of the United Jewish Social Fund Ariel Goldmann have been additionally on website.