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Jacques Chirac on Anti-Semitism in France in an Interview with The New York Times

September 8, 2002
We have four million Muslims and the second-largest Jewish community in the world, following the United States, without counting Israel, of course. The second-largest Jewish community in the world. To imagine that France, the very first country to recognize the rights of Jews, could be anti-Semitic is propaganda, not reality. There have been a few incidents, that's true, but we responded immediately - the previous government, Mr. Jospin's government first, and then the current government headed by Mr. Raffarin - with great firmness. In no case were there any anti-Semitic demonstrations in France. Now a campaign led by certain American extremist groups has tried to denounce anti-Semitism in France for political reasons and political ulterior motives.
Jacques Chirac Jacques Chirac
Jacques René Chirac served as the 22nd President of France, governing for two full terms stretching from 1995 to 2007. Chirac's political career began in the 1960s, and he served as Prime Minister and Major of Paris before securing the presidency....