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January 29, 2003

Antisemitism from the French Left

An interesting analysis in The New Republic of the Left and the Right in France.
...Aside from those extreme-nationalist nostalgics on the aging Vichyite and ultramontane right, there is little anti-Semitism among French conservatives today. They certainly do not make alliances with, or excuses for, people who cite the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as evidence of anything. Alas, this cannot be said for the old and young left that once prided itself on its principled animus to racisms of all sorts. La Nouvelle Judeophobie, written by Director of Research at the Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique Pierre-Andre Taguieff and published in 2001 by Fayard, painstakingly documents how the core expressions of the self-described "anti-racist" left--its intellectuals, academics, journalists, bien-pensants, and artists--are downright anti-Semitic. These people are not Islamists, nor do they have icons of Karl Marx sequestered in their closets. They are your ordinary readers of Le Monde and Liberation, accustomed to uttering dicta and having them taken seriously. And their views are echoed by the polled public opinion of ordinary Frenchmen.