AN UN­WISE FRENCH CON­NEC­TION

Scottish Daily Mail - - The Brexmas Election -

ON Fri­day, SNP Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Fiona Hys­lop tweeted a pho­to­graph of her meet­ing French MP Jean-Luc Mé­len­chon, head of the far-Left party La France In­soumise.

His party holds less than 3 per cent of seats in l’Assem­blée Na­tionale, so we can only as­sume his mem­ber­ship of the for­eign af­fairs com­mit­tee is the rea­son Hys­lop met him.

Mé­len­chon, pic­tured, is no­to­ri­ous for his com­ments about French Jews and the Holo­caust. Only last month, he ac­cused the Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil

of French Jewish In­sti­tu­tions of ‘vi­o­lent and ag­gres­sive sec­tar­i­an­ism’ and be­ing ‘bizarre, folk­loris­tic and ridicu­lous’. In 2014, he called Jews ‘an ag­gres­sive com­mu­nity preach­ing to the rest of the nation’. In 2017, he echoed far-Right leader Marine Le Pen in deny­ing that France bore re­spon­si­bil­ity for round­ing up and de­port­ing Jews dur­ing the Holo­caust.

If Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters must in­sist on play­ing at for­eign af­fairs, they should at least know the char­ac­ter of those they’re meet­ing.

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