Le Pen: the harsh truth
Iran’s nuclear programme and warned that an attack on the country would be a “violation of international law”.
Speaking exclusively to the JC, Ms Le Pen said: “As far as I know, Iran’s nuclear effort is defensive, not offensive.
“There is no proof today that the Iranians have any other purpose than a civil nuclear programme and, even if that were not the case, they won’t be the first to use the bomb.”
Ms Le Pen has claimed to be “friends” with Israel and, last November, was photographed with Israeli UN envoy Ron Prosor at the UN.
Many commentators, however, have seen this merely as part of a wider strategy to oppose Muslims in Europe, including her attack on halal meat, (but which also included kashrut).
Mr Shek said: “As long as we consider the Jewish community in Europe to be on the front line in fighting antisemitism, Israel is not allowed under any circumstances to act as a figleaf for this party.”
He added: “She is a more sophisticated version of her father. But there is no sign that there is any difference between them on re-opening attitudes to Jews, Israel, and Jewish history, particularly recent history. Her party includes people with a record of Holocaust denial and antisemitism.
“She is playing on the fact that French people in general are more scared than they were”. Gideon Kouts contributed to this report