France’s Marine Le Pen: If Elected, Jews Will Need to Renounce Israeli Citizenship
Pictured above: French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. Credit: Jannick Jeremy via Wikimedia Commons.
(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) In an interview with France 2 TV Thursday, France's far-right National Front party leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said that if elected, she would ban dual citizenship with non-European Union member states. When asked whether her immigration program would affect French Jews with dual Israeli citizenship, she said it would.
"Israel is not a European Union member and does not identify as such," she said. The first round of the French presidential election is scheduled for April 23.
Le Pen said she would make an exception to the policy for dual French-Russian citizens. Russia, she said, has a place in what she called "a Europe of nations."
In an interview with Israel's Channel 2 last Friday, Le Pen said that if elected, she would ban the wearing of yarmulkes in public, as part of a ban on all religious symbols in public that constitutes a "joint struggle" in the fight against radical Islam. She said she realized the ban would be "asking a lot."