Via Times of Israel:
A French municipal official urged the country’s prime minister, Manuel Valls, to stop his support for Jews, which the local politician attributed to Valls’ Jewish wife.read more
The Facebook post by Jallal Chouaoui, a deputy mayor of the northern municipality of Nogent-sur-Oise for the centrist UDI party, featured a claim often made against Valls, which traces his staunch opposition to anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism to his marriage to Anne Gravoin.
In 2011, Valls said his marriage connected him “in an eternal way” to Israel and the Jewish people.
“The position taken by Manuel Valls on the Jewish community is well known notably by his marriage to a Jewish woman,” Chouaoui wrote in the March 8 post, according to a report Tuesday on the website Actualite Juive.
Manuel Valls, then the interior minister of France, arrives at a state dinner with his wife, Anne Gravoin, Sept. 3, 2013. (photo credit: Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images/JTA)
Manuel Valls, then the interior minister of France, arrives at a state dinner with his wife, Anne Gravoin, Sept. 3, 2013. (Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images/JTA)
While noting he does not oppose politicians supporting the Jewish community, Valls’ case “is ridiculous and totally abusive,” Chouaoui wrote. “As a simple French citizen I want to say, damn it, enough!”
Noting France’s financial and social problems, Chouaoui urged Valls to “mind France and simple French citizens.”
On Tuesday, however, Chouaoui apologized for his remarks.