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French speaker criticizes Sharon for urging Jews to quit France
www.chinaview.cn 2004-07-19 20:36:23

    PARIS, July 19 (Xinhuanet) -- A French parliamentary leader said on Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's remarks that all Jews living in France should leave and move to Israel immediately were "inadmissible, unacceptable and irresponsible."

    Sharon's remarks "distort the reality and express a hostility toward our country," President of the National Assembly, France's lower house of parliament, Jean-Louis Debre, told French radio Europe-1.

    "What Ariel Sharon said shows clearly that he missed a good opportunity to keep silence," the speaker said.

    Sharon on Sunday urged France's Jews to move to Israel to escape a wave of anti-Semitism at home.

    His remarks drew a swift reaction from the French Foreign Ministry, which has immediately requested an explanation from Israel to "these unacceptable remarks."

    The Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France also criticized Sharon's remarks as "adding oil to the fire" whilerefuting Sharon's argument that 10 percent of the French population are Muslim means that the country is anti-Semitism. Enditem

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