French Election: Macron and Le Pen Go To Second Round – Live Coverage

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{…} Today, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the European Jewish Congress (EJC) has expressed its regret that the National Front leader Marine Le Pen has made the second round of the French presidential elections.

Moshe Kantor, the president of the EJC, said:

It is extremely regrettable that more than one in five French voters voted for Le Pen. We call on all democrats to rally together to prevent Madame Le Pen from winning in the second round, which would be a prize for extremism and intolerance and a dark day for France.

Especially on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), we are painfully aware, as Jews, of the history of those who cloak themselves in the mantle of democracy but whose agenda is divisive, racist and antisemitic. Le Pen has made comments against the historic record of the Holocaust, which makes her no less dangerous than her Holocaust-denying father who she has tried to hide, but whose agenda remains with her and her party.{…}