French leftists probed for supporting Palestinians: Gov't

AFP , Wednesday 11 Oct 2023

A French leftist party, the New Anti-Capitalist Party, is being investigated for supporting Palestinian Hamas raids on Israel, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Tuesday.

French police officers stand guard in front of the Synagogue of Sarcelles, Paris s suburb, on October 11, 2023. AFP


Darmanin told a TV news show prosecutors referred the case to police after the far-left NPA affirmed: "its support for the Palestinians and the means of struggle they have chosen to resist".

The party's statement concluded with the word "intifada" which means uprising.

The NPA said Israel's strategy, which it said was known as the "lawnmower", consisted "of physically and regularly eliminating new generations of activists and opponents of the occupation, in an endlessly repeating cycle".

"This time, the offensive is on the side of the resistance," it said.

Darmanin said he had made "several reports" to the courts about similar incidents.

Later, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne stressed that France would not tolerate "any anti-Semitic act or comment" in the country.

Two pro-Palestinian demonstrations due to take place in Paris on Thursday have been banned, Paris police chief Laurent Nunez said.

Borne promised, "the utmost firmness to all those who would use this conflict as a pretext for anti-Semitism".

Addressing the Jewish community, she said: "We are with you. To attack you is to attack the whole Republic".


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