A man wearing a yellow vest tackles a protester as tear gas floats in the air during clashes with police at a demonstration by the "yellow vests" movement in Nantes, France, December 15, 2018.
(photo credit: STEPHANE MAHE / REUTERS)
The man, known as "Benjamin," was reported by French media to be a 36-year-old married, father of five who worked as a salesman. He shouted at the elderly Finkielraut that "France is ours," calling him a "Zionist shi*t."
The man was part of a 'Yellow Vests" group who screamed at Finkielraut that he was a "dirty Jew," he was "going to die" and he was "going to hell."
The arrested claimed to have acted in anger about the comments made by Finkielraut about "The Palestinians" and the "Children of Gaza."
The man was reportedly arrested in 2004 for attacking a police officer and to be linked to radical pro-Palestinian Islamist groups who visited Lebanon in 2014.
French President Emmanuel Macron
condemned the attack, saying, “The antisemitic insults to which [Finkielkraut] has been subjected to are the absolute opposite of who we are and what makes us a great nation. We will not tolerate them.”
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