The Paris prosecutor announced today to have opened an investigation into the anti-Semitic insults addressed Saturday to the philosopher and academician Alain Finkielkraut on the sidelines of a demonstration of yellow vests. The investigations are entrusted to the BRDP (Personal Crime Suppression Brigade).
The philosopher and academician Alain Finkielkraut was insulted and whistled this Saturday on the sidelines of the protest.yellow vestsIn the Montparnasse district of Paris, according to videos broadcast on social networks. "Barre you, filthy Zionist shit»,«big shit Zionist»,«We are the people»,«France is ours"Shouted several demonstrators marching Boulevard du Montparnasse, and who had just seen the academician.
"I felt an absolute hatred, and unfortunately, this is not the first timeAlain Finkielkraut responded to the Sunday Journal. "I would have been afraid if there had not been the police, fortunately they were thereHe said, noting that all the yellow vests had not been aggressive towards him, one of them having even offered to put on a vest and join the procession, while another greeted his work.
"I did not really have time to be afraid»And«I am neither a victim nor a hero", Said the person, adding that he did not want to complain.
Wave of condemnation of insults by politicians
This incident triggered a wave of condemnations and messages of support for the philosopher, many denouncing the anti-Semitic nature of these insults, to the head of state.
"The son of Polish émigrés who became a French academician, Alain Finkielkraut is not only an eminent man of letters but the symbol of what the Republic allows everyoneSaid Emmanuel Macron on Twitter, adding that "the anti-Semitic insults he has been subjected to are the absolute negation of who we are and what makes us a great nation. We will not tolerate them."
"A hatred of pure hatred that only the intervention of the police interrupted. Attending such a scene in Paris, in 2019, is simply INTOLERABLE", Announced on Twitter the Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner.
"The foul beast lurking in the anonymity of a crowd. Those who insult have their faces uncovered. I hope they will be identified, prosecuted and heavily convicted", Added the spokesman of the government Benjamin Griveaux.
Among opposition leaders, Laurent Wauquiez denounced "abject idiots … Revolting confirmation of what Alain Finkielkraut pointed himself: anti-Semitism drapes itself in the clothes of anti-racism and feeds on the hunt for so-called Islamophobes. When will we open our eyes?"
"The aggression of Alain Finkielkraut today is a detestable and shocking act, which illustrates the infiltration attempt of the Yellow Vests movement by the anti-Semitic far left"Said Marine Le Pen, the leader of the RN.
"No you are not the people, you are the "France" of hate, the one that makes us ashamed. These events must stop!"Said Senate President Gérard Larcher to those who insulted the academician.
Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls judged these insults "disgusting".
Ian Brossat, head of the PCF list to the Europeans, said that "we can hate Finkielkraut's ideas", but that "nothing can justify being attacked as a Jew".
Clémentine Autain, MP France Insoumise, said on twitter:The anti-Semitic hatred expressed against Alain #Finkielkraut unacceptable. I say it without reservation, whatever my deep disagreements with him. "
"I fight the reactionary and radical ideas of Alain Finkielkraut. But I condemn without any reserve those who conspired, insulted and treated a "dirty Zionist" who meant "dirty Jew". And leave Palestine apart from this free antisemitic violence", Launched Benoît Hamon, founder of the Génération party.
"Yellow Vests I am with you from the beginning. There stop. Some cross all the limitsResponded Esther Benbassa, Senator EELV.
"Antisemitism is as simple, as simply abject as "Go home to Tel Aviv" aimed at a Jewish French writer", Launched the co-founder of the left-wing Place Publique movement, Raphael Glucksmann.
"France does not belong to a bunch of anti-Semites who break the shop windows and blaze cars by conspiring the Jews"Thundered Joel Mergui, president of the Consistoire Israelite de France in a statement, pointing to "Uneducated and hate breakers".