Emmanuel Macron blasted over Holocaust comments

Anti-Zionism is new anti-Semitism, France's Emmanuel Macron declares at Holocaust memorial

Anti-Zionism is new anti-Semitism, France's Emmanuel Macron declares at Holocaust memorial

Netanyahu made sure to communicate his concerns to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

More than 13,000 Jews - 4,000 believed to be children - were arrested by French police in July 1942.

Macron insisted that "not a single German" was directly involved, but French police collaborating with the Nazis.

Macron added: "It is convenient to see the Vichy regime as born of nothingness, returned to nothingness".

"I can guarantee that the American side and we did the best we can to make sure that Israel's security interests are fully taken into consideration", he said.

The emotional ceremony at the Vel d'Hiv stadium outside Paris included speeches by French Jewish leaders. He called for unity among Jews and on people who consider withholding donations to Israel over the decision to "return to their senses". Thousands have since done so. "It is indeed France that organised" the roundup.

In his remarks, the Israeli premier said that Israel opposes the US-Russian-brokered cease-fire in Syria because it perpetuates Iran's military presence in the country and told French President Emmanuel Macron that Iran wants to establish air, land and sea bases in Lebanon, something Jerusalem can not tolerate. The radical Islam that Iran and ISIS (Daesh) represent seeks to destroy us and destroy Europe.

De Villiers, whose mandate as the military chief of staff was extended by a year on Wednesday by the new defense minister, criticized at a parliamentary committee hearing on the same day the 850-million-euro ($975 million) cut in this year's budget. In 2014, the Franco-Cameroonian comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala likened Jews to "slave drivers" and promoted a version of the Nazi salute. Among the cases he listed were those of Ilan Halimi - no relation to Sarah Halimi - a young French Jew kidnapped and murdered in 2006 by an antisemitic gang seeking a ransom from "wealthy Jews", and the Islamist terror attacks on a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2013 and the kosher Hypercacher market in Paris in 2015.

"The Israelis are not just securing their borders in southern Syria, they are also working with Nusra and affiliated terror groups".

Moving to contemporary times, Macron stated that anti-Zionism is a modern version of anti-Semitism.

France's invitation was a "very, very powerful gesture", Netanyahu said in French.

"It's at once from the extreme right, but also present on the extreme left and among radical Islamists", he said.

But after they attended the Holocaust commemoration, Mr Macron also appealed for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Netanyahu, who is looking to turn a new page with France after resisting attempts led previous year by Macron's predecessor Francois Hollande to restart the peace process via an global conference, said Israel and France shared a desire to see "a stable and peaceful Middle-East".

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