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April 24, 2013 12:29 pm

Jewish 100: Richard Prasquier – Community

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French Jewish umbrella organization leader Richard Prasquier. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Richard Prasquier

French Jewish leader, CRIF President

Prasquier’s umbrella organization is charged with defending France’s Jews against anti-Semitism and intolerance, while also acting as their main representative on the domestic and international stage. With  rising anti-Semitism in the country that’s no easy task, but he’s been up to the challenge. When Fascist politician Marine Le Pen called for a ban of all religious headwear, including kippot, in 2012, Prasquier spoke out, saying that her proposal shows that there are “secular fanatics just as there are religious fanatics.”

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