The Corner

Chirac’s France

Chirac’s stance continues to generate ‘results’ as is noted in this report from the Daily Telegraph:

Here’s an extract:

“Street protests against American and British military action in Iraq have escalated into attacks by Muslim youths on Jewish demonstrators, sparking fears of a new wave of anti-Semitism across France. The French government was forced to appeal for calm after protesters, some of them carrying pictures of Saddam Hussein, burnt the Israeli flag and turned on Jewish students, attacking one of them with an iron bar, during a series of anti-war rallies.

Officials fear that anti-war sentiment, supported by President Jacques Chirac, may be running out of control and could ignite widespread violence. Banners at recent demonstrations have shown the Star of David intertwined with a Nazi swastika, while protesters shouted “Vive Chirac! Stop the Jews”.”

To their credit, some members of the government have condemned this sort of behavior. One, apparently, has not:

“President Chirac, whose bitter opposition to the United States-led military offensive in Iraq has won him almost universal support in France, has remained silent on the attacks…”


The Latest