Manuel Carlos Valls Galfetti (born 13 August 1962) is a French politician who has been the Prime Minister of France since 31 March 2014. He was the Minister of the Interior from 2012 to 2014. He is a member of the Socialist Party. Born in Barcelona to a Spanish father and a Swiss mother, Valls was Mayor of Évry from 2001 to 2012 and was first elected to the National Assembly of France in 2002.
In the wake of the truck-driver terrorist attack by the Tunisian in Nice, France on 14 July, Manuel Valls made the following comment: “Times have changed, and France is going to have to live with terrorism, and we must face this together and show our collective sang-froid” [...]
For the former prime minister [Valls], it is undeniable that "anti-Semitism is deeply rooted in our society". In his eyes, the fight against anti-Semitism is "the struggle of [his] life"
Valls commenting on the nationalist and anti-immigration Spanish party VOX: '"Any coalition is legitimate except with the forces that violate the Constitution," he says. There you have Vox, which Valls already proposed isolating with a sanitary cord.'
But to many French Jews, Valls is something of a hero for his unusually robust defense of Israel and the French Jewish community, and his elevation is seen as a reassuring sign amid one of French Jewry’s most troublesome periods. “I don’t think we ever knew a minister who said things the way he says them,” Roger Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, told JTA last week. Cukierman was referring specifically to a speech last month by Valls at a rally marking the two-year anniversary of the slaying of four Jews in Toulouse in which Valls said that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. But Cukierman could have had in mind any of several explicit displays of Jewish solidarity that Valls has undertaken over the years.
Quote from the article: 'We are deeply shocked by the words of Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who said at the CRIF dinner on 7 March that anti-Zionism is "simply synonymous with anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel". He repeated accusations by Benyamin Netanyahu that those who criticize his policy of colonizing the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 are anti-Semites.'
Axelle Lemaire (Politics)
Last updated: Mon Feb 11 2019 19:50:10
Improve this entry