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From left to right: the rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, Chems-Eddine Hafiz, the chief rabbi of France, Haïm Korsia, the president of the Conference of Bishops of France, Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, the president of the Protestant Federation of France, Christian Krieger, at the Elysée, in Paris, November 13, 2023.

“The dissolution of the National Assembly plunges our country into a situation of unprecedented gravity. (…) While the legislative elections should allow a constructive democratic debate, too short deadlines and unrealistic demagogic promises threaten to sow deep disorder. » As this reaction from Pastor Christian Krieger, president of the Protestant Federation of France, illustrates in a press release, the current political uncertainty also concerns representatives of French religions. But not everyone adopts the same attitude.

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Christian Krieger, for his part, chooses to send back to back “the racism of the extreme right and the anti-Semitism of the extreme left”. “Peace, dignity and fraternity, which our faith impels us to seek, cannot be built on hatred or detestation; neither that of a person, nor that of democratic institutions, nor that of stigmatized groups, whether Jews, Muslims or foreigners”thus justifies the Protestant chief, urging “each citizen to exercise their right to vote with conscience and responsibility”.

The Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF) takes an additional step, by naming the events in opposition to which it requires a barrier. “Neither the RN [Rassemblement national]nor LFI [La France insoumise], we read in a press release on its site, partly repeating comments made by its president, Yonathan Arfi, in The world. The RN is an extremely dangerous party, which has never been a bulwark against anti-Semitism: anything that threatens the republican framework and universalism is fundamentally dangerous for Jews. »

As for the New Popular Front, it is, according to the CRIF press release, tainted with “the anti-Semitism of LFI”. If she admits the placing ahead, by the left alliance, of a marketing campaign undertaking “which sets out in black and white the fight against racism and anti-Semitism”, the Jewish physique continues to seek out “unworthy of acting as if anti-Semitism were a secondary issue, and no longer the fundamental red line for the left since the Dreyfus affair.”


La France insoumise has lengthy attracted the anger of representatives of Judaism, who accuse its leaders of cultivating harmful ambiguity. Jean-Luc Mélenchon had, for instance, mocked the “genuflections” of sure politicians earlier than “the communitarians of CRIF”, in December 2019, and even assured that anti-Semitism was “residual In France ”, June 2.

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