Former French FM Reprimanded for Anti-Semitism | Jewish World
Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas’s comments on a TV interview claiming that French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is “under Jewish influence” because his wife is Jewish have raised a furor, and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) strongly condemned Dumas on Wednesday.
Speaking to BFMTV on Monday, Dumas was asked if Valls is “under Jewish influence,” and replied “probably, he has personal relations that cause him to be biased. Everyone knows that he is married to someone, a respected person, by the way, who has influence over him.” Valls’ wife Anne Gravoin is Jewish.
“This bigoted remark by Mr. Dumas will only fan the flames of anti-Jewish prejudice,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “Conspiracy theories claiming invisible Jewish control of governments are among the pillars of anti-Semitism and a staple of modern-day anti-Semites.”
Highlighting the danger of Dumas’s comments, ADL noted that in its survey of anti-Semitic attitudes world-wide released last May, it found 45% of French respondents agree that “Jews have too much control over global affairs,” and 42% agree with the statement that “Jews have too much control over the United States government.”