Marine Le Pen: “I am the one who can best protect the Jewish community”

French politician Marine Le Pen, candidate of the National Rally in the 2022 presidential election, has joined i24NEWS on Sunday evening to discuss a series of important issues for the Jewish community.

Faced with the rise of Islamism in France, Le Pen defended herself as the one who is “capable of protecting French people of the Jewish faith most effectively”, victims of “more and more numerous” anti-Semitic acts.

“I have been the victim of a form of caricature for decades. I want Jews to be able to stay in France, she said, praising her project, which she described as “solid, serious and applicable.” .

The candidate also wanted to clarify the remarks of the party’s acting president, Jordan Bardella, after his declarations on kosher which caused a stir within the Jewish community of France.

Once elected, Le Pen indicated that ritual slaughter would be banned in France but not meat imports.

“It’s a matter of animal suffering… Of course importing meat can be done to satisfy religious considerations,” she said.

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“There is no reason for the Jewish community to have particular concerns,” she said, deploring the “harsh” remarks likely to “raise fears” from the Paris Consistory on this subject.

Asked about the status of Jerusalem, Le Pen considered that the holy city should be “under international protection” for “the symbolism” and “the powerful history”.

Faithful to the position of the Quai d’Orsay for decades, Le Pen wishes to remain “in the constancy of French diplomacy” and therefore does not envisage “departing from the rule” by transferring the French embassy to Jerusalem.

Faced with the Vienna agreement, a crucial subject for the Jewish state, the RN candidate said she wanted to move forward on the subject while stressing that “Iran is still seeking to circumvent the limits concerning its nuclear program”, and by affirming that once president, she would demand “strict respect for them”.

“I want Israel to be reassured about its security,” she said.

While saying she is “sensitive” to Israel’s struggle for its security, Le Pen pleaded for a Palestinian state with “secure borders” because, she said, this “sovereignty would imply responsibility for what is happening. in its territory”.

Emmanuel Macron remains in the lead in the first round, up slightly over a week, while the gap narrows with Le Pen in the second round, according to an Elabe poll published on Saturday.

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