Greater than 180,000 folks throughout France, together with roughly 105,000 in Paris, took half in a civic march towards antisemitism on Sunday, in keeping with figures launched by the inside ministry and police prefecture.
Main political figures reminiscent of former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, in addition to prime minister Elisabeth Borne and tradition minister Rima Abdul Malak attended the march. President Emmanuel Macron wasn’t there, however he penned an open letter printed in French newspaper Le Parisien over the weekend to denounce the “insufferable resurgence of unbridled antisemitism.”
The occasion, organized by Nationwide Meeting speaker Yaël Braun-Pivet and senate speaker Gérard Larcher, comes amid an explosion of antisemitic acts in France. Almost 1,250 antisemitic acts have been recorded in France since Israel was attacked by the terrorist group Hamas on Oct. 7, killing greater than 1,200 civilians and taking up 240 hostages, in keeping with France 24. Within the wake of the assault, the Israeli military started bombing the Gaza Strip to eradicate Hamas, which guidelines over Gaza and remains to be holding hostages. Nevertheless, the march in France was peaceable, with attendees waving French flags, urging nationwide unity and celebrating republican values.
The march additionally gathered a number of figures from the movie and TV world, together with Cannes Movie Pageant president Iris Knobloch, producer/TV host Arthur Essebag and MK2 co-CEO Nathanael Karmitz, in addition to expertise reminiscent of Melanie Thierry, Elsa Zylberstein, Natalie Portman (who contacted the organizers forward of the occasion to allow them to know that she’d participate) and Sandrine Kiberlain. Producer Melita Toscan du Plantier and administrators Eli Chouraqui and Daniele Thompson had been additionally in attendance.
Within the aftermath of the Oct. 7 assault, different French leisure trade gamers together with Justine Triet, Juliette Binoche, Alice Diop and Adele Exarchopoulos have signed open letters and petitions demanding “an instantaneous and unconditional ceasefire” after “a long time of occupation” by Israel and calling the fear assault by Hamas a “conflict crime.”