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A Jewish Far-Right Pundit Splits the French Jewish Community as He Rises

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The reference was to Mr. Lévy’s passionate stand over many years for oppressed folks from international locations like Afghanistan, Bosnia and Nigeria, illustrated in his highly effective latest e book and film, each known as “The Will to See.” Mr. Zemmour quoted a phrase of Rousseau: “Beware of those cosmopolitans who search in their books for duties they disdain at home. Such philosophers love the Tartars in order to be spared having to love their neighbors.”

Mr. Zemmour’s personal love of his neighbors is selective. Of France’s estimated six million Muslims, near 10 p.c of the inhabitants, he has stated they need to “be given the choice between Islam and France,” prompt their deportation may not be unimaginable, claimed all of them contemplate jihadist terrorists to be “good Muslims” and stated he would ban all “non-French names,” like Muhammad.

In 2019, in remarks that led to a conviction and a fantastic from a Paris courtroom for “insult and provocation to hatred,” Mr. Zemmour stated that “an Islamization of the street, like the uniforms of an occupying army, reminds the defeated of their submission.” In the Nineteen Thirties, he added, the most lucid observers “compared Nazism to Islam.” He didn’t determine these observers.

“He spreads hatred and it seems somehow natural and that is appalling,” stated Hakim El Karoui, a Muslim enterprise advisor. “What he says of Muslims would never be accepted if said of any other group.”

Mr. Zemmour has by no means denied the Holocaust, which is against the law in France. But his remarks about Vichy are a part of a behavior of enjoying gentle with historical past.

After many years of equivocation, Jacques Chirac, then the president, acknowledged in 1995 the full extent of Vichy’s collaboration with the Nazis. It included use of the Vel d’Hiv, an indoor biking stadium in Paris, to detain some 13,000 Jews, together with 4,000 youngsters, who had been rounded up and deported to Nazi demise camps. Some 80 p.c of the youngsters had been French.