French Jewish leader: Our country’s democracy is in ‘real danger’

Francis Kalifat, left, with presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental in Paris, March 22, 2017. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)
Francis Kalifat, left, with presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental in Paris, March 22, 2017. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)

Francis Kalifat, left, with presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental in Paris, March 22, 2017. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – There is a “real danger” that France’s democracy will be destroyed by its next president, the leader of the country’s federation of Jewish communities warned ahead of the elections.

Francis Kalifat, the president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, sounded the alarm during an interview Friday with the RJC Jewish radio station ahead of the first round Sunday of the presidential elections. [Read more…]

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