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February 5, 2015 12:11 pm

Jewish 100, 2014: Manuel Valls – Government

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Manuel Valls

Prime Minister of France

When, in the wake of the January 2015 terror outrages in Paris,  Prime Minister Manuel Valls stood before the French National Assembly to denounce the rising antisemitism that has gripped France, he electrified the entire world with a speech in which he stated, “We haven’t shown enough outrage.” Valls’ publicly stated conviction that a France without Jews will no longer be France is a welcome antidote to the often anodyne, cautious words of other European politicians. Because of the Prime Minister’s efforts, security around Jewish buildings and institutions has now been massively boosted – yet paradoxically, as Valls himself has acknowledged, the sight of armed soldiers outside schools and synagogues has heightened the sense of a community under threat. Having announced that the fight against antisemitism is a “major national cause,” Valls now faces the formidable task of persuading French Jews that they can finally be safe – and feel safe – in a country where they have lived for centuries.

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  • Arthur Harris

    Prime Minister Valls has illustrated the way a true leader acts when confronted with an attack is made on his nation. Here it is an attack upon Jewish citizens of France, but it could just as well have been an attack on another segment of France’s society. An attack against one group is an attack on all. He is the outstanding example of a true leader as well as a true man! Vive l’Prime Minister Valls!