PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron condemned anti-Semitic abuse of a leading intellectual by "yellow vest" protestors and said it would not be tolerated. "The anti-Semitic insults he has been subjected to are the absolute negation of what we are and what makes us a great nation. Several protestors shouted "Dirty Zionist," "We are the people" and "France is ours", according to a video broadcast by Yahoo! Thousands of people took part in 'yellow vest' protests for a 14th consecutive weekendFinkielkraut has expressed his solidarity and sympathy with the "yellow vest" protestors from the outset but in an interview published Saturday in Le Figaro, he criticised the leaders of the movement, saying that "arrogance has changed sides". The "yellow vest" protests began three months ago over fuel taxes but quickly grew into a broader anti-government rebellion fuelled by hatred of Macron, with some using anti-Semitic tropes to refer to his former job as an investment banker.
Source: Bangkok Post February 17, 2019 03:45 UTC