Hamas’s attacks on Israel raise concerns and divide France, where about 300,000 Jews and about five million Muslims live. Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne, who delivered a speech yesterday, Tuesday, before the French National Assembly, like President Macron, expressed France’s absolute support for “Israel’s right to defend itself.”
The French Prime Minister also criticized the position of the leftist “Rebel France” party, whose parliamentary bloc head, Mathilde Pannot, refused to describe Hamas’ attacks as “terrorist.” The Prime Minister stressed France’s “support” for the victims of “barbarism” and referred to the killing of French citizens and the mystery surrounding the exact number of French hostages.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin also announced that he had given instructions to the country’s police authorities to strengthen the protection of Jewish community sites, stressing that “vigilance is required against any sign of entering the conflict.” A French police spokesman told reporters: “It is clear that we monitor everything, on the street, at school, on the Internet, in universities.” French police, “given the risk of riots,” banned two pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris.
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