France to probe 'yellow vest' anti-Semitic insults
February 17, 2019
Authorities in Paris have opened an investigation into anti-Semitic insults by French "yellow vests" against Jewish philosopher and writer Alain Finkielkraut. Anti-Jewish incidents have been on the rise across France.
Paris prosecutors on Sunday announced an investigation over the anti-Jewish insults against Finkielkraut on the sidelines of a yellow vest demonstration in Paris.
A video aired on several French news channels showed the philosopher being accosted by a group of protests who hurled anti-Semitic abuse at him on Paris's Boulevard du Montparnasse.
Among the words heard were "dirty Zionist," "We are the people," and "France is ours."
"I sensed an absolute hatred and unfortunately this isn't the first time," Finkielkraut told France's Journal du Dimanche newspaper. "I would have been afraid if the police hadn't been there. Fortunately they were."
Finkielkraut, one of the most controversial figures in French public debate, told the Parisien newspaper he believed his "notoriety" and his professed attachment to Israel had given rise to the insults, as well as a general "strong feeling of hostility toward the Jews" in France.