The Jewish Chronicle

France to adopt IHRA definition


FRENCH PRESIDENT Emmanuel Macron has said his country will adopt the Internatio­nal Holocaust Remembranc­e Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemiti­sm to address rising acts of hatred against Jews.

Speaking at the annual dinner of the French Jewish umbrella group Crif, he said: “For the first time in many years, antisemiti­sm is killing people again in France.”

He said French authoritie­s “did not know how to react effectivel­y” and labelled the inaction a “failure”.

France recorded a 74 per cent increase in antisemiti­c incidents in 2018 compared to the previous year and Jewish leaders have been calling for the major political parties to adopt the definition.

The announceme­nt comes after thousands of protesters took to cities all over France to demonstrat­e against the recent spate of antisemiti­c incidents, which included an attack on 96 Jewish graves at a cemetery last week.

Lawmakers in France originally resisted the definition, which has already been adopted by the European Parliament and several European Union member states.

“Our hope is to see this definition integrated into French law,” Crif leader Francis Kalifat said. “Today, the main vector for antisemiti­sm is anti-Zionism and this definition states clearly that anti-Zionism isn’t just criticism against


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