French President Emmanuel Macron has called Hamas’s October 7 terror attack the “biggest antisemitic massacre of our century”.
During a ceremony paying tribute to the French victims of the October 7 attacks, French President Emmanuel Macron called the Hamas terror attack on Israel the “biggest antisemitic massacre of our century”.
Macron described the attacks as “barbarism … which is fed by antisemitism and propagates it”. “We must fight against hatred; we must not give in to rampant, unbridled antisemitism. Nothing can justify or excuse terrorism,” he added.
Macron said that a “spirit of revenge” should never be allowed to grow in France and “nothing should divide us”. He said France would “work tirelessly to respond to aspirations for peace and security in the Middle East”, adding that in the suffering of war, all lives were equal in France’s eyes, reports The Guardian.
The ceremony commemorating the French people who lost their lives during the October 7 attack was held at the Invalides Memorial Complex in Paris. It was the first major international memorial event outside Israel since the Hamas terrorist organisation brutally attacked Israeli civilians four months ago.
The French presidency said the key message of the memorial ceremony for the victims of the October 7 attacks was the “fight against antisemitism and through it … all forms of hatred, racism and oppression of minorities”.
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