In an effort to 'maintain an atmosphere of neutrality' in the parliament does not permit the wearing of religious symbols.
Il est inquiétant que Marine Le Pen et Jean-Luc Mélenchon, qui représentent 40 % des Français, nient le rôle de la France dans la déportation des juifs
France's grappling with its involvement in the Holocaust has taken decades.
The European Jewish Congress strongly condemned Le Pen's comments and called for the French judiciary to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.
French Jews voted overwhelmingly for Emmanuel Macron, but are concerned he will pander to the country’s large Arab minority and fail to protect them.
“We remain extremely concerned by the still large support for parties of the far-right, not only in France but across Europe.”
As the French presidential elections kick off, French expats in New York vote and share their insights on a politically-divided France in a tension-fraught European Union.
Even if opinion polls prove accurate and France elects its youngest president ever rather than its first female leader, Macron himself has said himself he expects no honeymoon period.
Spectators and media experts shared the feeling that Wednesday’s debate was embarrassing.
“Fully aware that our roles require us to be non-partisan, we are, however, first and foremost responsible citizens and therefore openly are calling for a vote in favor of Emmanuel Macron.”