France’s Mélenchon: Crif President And ‘Extreme Right

The speech of the president of Crif angered Jean-Luc Mélenchon who accuses him of “using the ceremony” to “take him to task”

The rebellious Jean-Luc Mélenchon qualified, on Sunday, the president of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF) Yonathan Arfi, as a representative of the “extreme right”, after the speech of the ceremony of commemoration of the 81 years of the Vel d’Hiv roundup during which 12,884 children were rounded up by the French police under the orders of the Nazis, on July 16 and 17, 1942, in the square of the Jewish Martyrs of the Vélodrome d’Hiver in Paris.

Mr. Arfi’s speech provoked the ire of the figure of the French far left when he spoke of the rise of extremes in France, and in Europe in general. “I am convinced that we must find in our roots, in our history, in the Shoah too, the resources to face the challenges of today. Among them, there is that of 2027 with the rise, we see it everywhere in Europe, of the extreme right, the rise of populism of the extreme left, and the challenges that are today daily for the French Jews”, he declared at the microphone of i24NEWS.

In response, Jean-Luc Mélenchon accused the manager, in a tweet, of using the ceremony in memory of the victims” to “take him to task”. “Abject. The far right no longer has any limits,” he said.

However, Crif’s position has never deviated on this subject, the organization systematically calling for “blocking political extremes” (right and left) during presidential elections in France.

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