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"We can not be racist and a member of the insubordinate France"

The deputy of Bouches-du-Rhone has "strongly condemned" anti-Semitic incidents that have been increasing in recent weeks.

By Abel Mestre Posted today at 13h57

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Jean-Luc Mélenchon, in Marseille, on January 18th.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, in Marseille, on January 18th. CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

The focus was the most solemn and clearest possible. Tuesday, February 19 at the National Assembly, Jean-Luc Mélenchon accompanied by all the unsympathetic deputies (except François Ruffin) held to "Condemn" the way "The sharper and the firmer" antisemitic incidents that have multiplied in recent weeks.

The deputy (LFI) of the Bouches-du-Rhone is back on anti-Semitic insults received by the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, Saturday during the act XIV of the "yellow vests". Mr. Mélenchon had already reacted Sunday – so convoluted – on Twitter.

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Today his words are clearer. In particular, he said:

"Whatever may be the detestable opinions of Mr. Finkielkraut, when he is insulted, taken to heart as he is, it is not his opinions that are put in question. It is his withdrawal from humanity that we have in common because of his supposed religion or his affiliations. This is unacceptable. "

In a calm tone, Mr. Mélenchon continues: "We are all equal in rights. No one may be discriminated against for religion, skin color, gender or sexual orientation. This is the lesson of the Enlightenment which all those on this platform claim. " He sums up his rejection of a sentence: "You can not be a racist and a member of La France rebel. "

"We renew our support for" yellow vests ""

Mr. Mélenchon also denounced "An unworthy instrumentalization" the fight against anti-Semitism on the part of the government which, according to him, would like "Wither" the "rebellious" and discredit the movement of "yellow vests". "No, the movement of" yellow vests "is not a racist movement. No, the movement of "yellow vests" is not an anti-Semitic movement. No, the movement of "yellow vests" is not a homophobic movement. We renew our support for this movement »hammered the former socialist senator.

Remains the question of whether or not to participate in the Tuesday evening rallies against anti-Semitism, especially that of Paris, Place de la République. The "rebellious" keep the memory alive of the march in memory of Mireille Knoll, this survivor of the Holocaust murdered in spring 2018, where they had been insulted and jostled.

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Mr. Mélenchon also recalled the death threats against him and "Five unscrupulous". He did not want to say where he would be tonight: "My security being guaranteed nowhere, I will not say it! ". A few minutes ago, he asked "Solemnly" Christophe Castaner, the Minister of the Interior, to guarantee the safety of the "rebellious" present in the various gatherings.

A meeting in Montreuil on social justice

The subject of the fight against anti-Semitism will be, in any case, the heart of the meeting held Tuesday evening in Montreuil, Alexis Corbière. Scheduled for a long time, the meeting will gather on the platform, in addition to the MP for Seine-Saint-Denis, Danièle Obono, Adrien Quatennens and Mathilde Panot. The four elected will therefore be absent from the Paris gathering. "We'll talk about it, of course! We will condemn anti-Semitic acts in a very clear way, in the name of republican universalism, explains Mr. Corbière. Communitarianism is not the answer. "

But the four speakers should also develop the issue of social justice and lack of public services in poor areas. "It will be our thread"continues Mr. Corbière. A way also to reaffirm the nature "Social" the movement of "yellow vests", in which the "rebellious" place a lot of hope to overthrow the government.

This meeting is also an opportunity – even if its organizer defends – to show that insubordinate France is not limited to the rivalry between Jean-Luc Mélenchon and François Ruffin and that other voices emerge in this movement around these two strong personalities. "We play collective, Delays Alexis Corbière. This is part of the continuity of Jean-Luc Mélenchon who has always been able to bring generations around him. "

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Abel Mestre

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