Massive march against anti-semitism in Paris draws over 100,000 participants

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.13 - 2023 7:24 AM CET


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In an overwhelming display of unity against anti-Semitism, more than 100,000 people gathered in Paris for a significant civil march, as confirmed by police reports and European Pravda, citing the BFM TV channel.

Leading the procession from Place des Invalides, the marchers held a banner proclaiming "For the Republic, against anti-Semitism."

The event saw the participation of eminent French politicians, signifying the national importance of the cause.

Key figures in attendance included Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne and former presidents François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy.

Joining them were former Prime Ministers Jean Castex, Édouard Philippe, Bernard Cazeneuve, Jean-Marc Ayrault, and Manuel Valls.

Macron's Spiritual Support

French President Emmanuel Macron, after deliberation, opted not to physically attend the rally but expressed his solidarity in spirit. "I've never been to a protest on any topic. My role... is to make decisions, say the right words when necessary, and act," Macron stated, emphasizing his role in policy-making and action against anti-Semitism.

Authorities deployed 3,000 police officers to secure the march route in Paris. Simultaneously, over 70 rallies echoed the same sentiment across France. Notable gatherings were reported in Nice, Strasbourg, and Lyon, with thousands participating in each city.

The French Ministry of the Interior has reported more than 1,100 anti-Semitic incidents in the past month alone, a staggering increase from the previous year.

The alarming rise in such incidents has sparked widespread approval for the initiative of the march against anti-Semitism, underscoring a united stand against hatred and prejudice in the French Republic.