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Silent march in Paris after 'anti-Semitic' murder

31 March 2018

A political row has broken out over whether far right and radical left parties would take part in a protest march in Paris on Wednesday against the killing of an 85-year-old Jewish woman. The march was organized by CRIF, the umbrella organization of French Jewish organizations. France Unbowed said it would take part.

President Emmanuel Macron hailed a policeman who sacrificed his life in an Islamist attack as a symbol of the "French spirit of resistance" and urged the nation to be vigilant in the face of an "insidious" jihadist threat.

One woman carrying a rose who gave her name as Annie said she had come to make a stand "for peace" and "against the savagery of barbaric people who are no longer human beings".

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FRENCH prime minister Edouard Philippe and senior figures of the French government are attending the funerals for the four victims of last week's extremist gun rampage. Ms Le Pen later rejoined the protest, the AFP reports.

"Anti-Semites are over-represented in the far left and the far right, making those parties ones that you don't want to be associated with", Crif director Francis Kalifat told RTL radio.

Despite Marine Le Pen's efforts to modernize her party, France's top court provided a reminder of its past - it confirmed on Tuesday the conviction and her father for describing the Nazi gas chambers as a "detail" of history, and reaffirmed a 30,000 euro fine against him.

A vegan who said she had "zero compassion" for a butcher who was killed by a terrorist in France could be jailed.

Far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon was also booed and heckled after he too defied a call to stay away.

A vigil was also held in Jerusalem, where around 80 people, mostly French immigrants, gathered at Paris Square to light candles in Knoll's memory.

Other rallies in honor of Knoll, who narrowly escaped being deported to Auschwitz during World War Two, when 13,000 Jews were rounded up in July 1942 at the Vel d'Hiv velodrome in Paris, are planned in Lyon, Marseille and Strasbourg.

Silent march in Paris after 'anti-Semitic' murder