European Jewish leaders have told French President Emmanuel Macron that there must be “no interaction with the far-right”.

In a meeting at the Élysée Palace, French and European Jewish representatives told the young French president that a “line must be drawn,” warning that far-right groups seeking common ground with Jews over Israel is nothing but a “fig leaf”.

The comments follow a delegation that included the European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor and the new president of the French Jewish umbrella group CRIF, Francis Kalifat.

“We must draw strong and unequivocal red lines against all interaction with far-right European political parties,” said Kantor.

European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor, meeting with president Macron
Photographer: Erez Lichtfeld

“Some like to use the Jewish community as a fig leaf for their racist and xenophobic agendas or to make common ground over views on Israel. We emphatically reject these overtures and stand in solidarity with targets of their intolerance and racism.”

He added: “Yesterday, Jews were the targets. Today it may be some other group. But we are under no illusions whatsoever that antisemitism remains a significant part of their worldview regardless of political tactics or electoral expediency.”