France Bans pro-Palestinian Protests
The government also vowed to protect Jews from resurgent antisemitism
On Oct. 12, 2023, France's interior minister ordered local authorities to ban all pro-Palestinian demonstrations amid a rise in antisemitic acts since Hamas attacked Israel. President Emmanuel Macron urged French people not to allow the war in the Mideast erupt into tensions at home.
Soon before Macron spoke in a televised address to the nation about the Mideast conflict, Paris police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse pro-Palestinian protesters who had defied a ban and demonstrated Thursday against the Israeli government.
"Let us not bring ideological adventures here (to France) by imitation or by projection. Let us not add national fractures... to international fractures," Macron urged. "Let us stay united."
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