F.Lefevbre (REM): the murderer of Sarah Halimi must pay

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French parliamentarian Frederic Lefebvre. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

"We must first defend the birthplace of Democracy, which is Israel," he says.

A close ally of the newly elected French President, Emmanuel Macron, is the last public figure in France to endorse the call to deal the case of the murderer of Sarah Halimi, a 66-year-old Jewish widow in Paris on April 7, as an anti-Semitic hate crime.

Frédéric Lefebvre - representing French expatriates in the United States and Canada in the French Parliament - told the online newspaper The Algemeiner that the authorities' response to the murder of Sarah Halimi on April 7 demonstrates that "in France as much as in the United States, we refuse to call a cat a cat".

Halimi was beaten and tortured senselessly, then thrown out of the window of her three-story apartment by an intruder named in the press as Kada Traoré, a 27-year-old Malian immigrant. The police arrived on the spot delayed the time of its intervention after hearing Traoré scream: "Allah W'Akbar", fearing that it was about an Islamist terrorist attack and to be insufficiently equipped to face.

The investigation into the circumstances of the murder of Sarah Halimi has infuriated the Jews of France because of its exclusive focus on the so-called "mental health" of the murderer Traore, that many fear that it will result in a ranking crime as "act of madness" instead of its true qualification as an anti-Semitic hate crime. The total indifference marked by the French media towards the fate suffered by Sarah Halimi led one of his supporters, the philosopher of Left Michel Onfray, to protest the fact what was "killed twice".

Lefebvre remains firm as to how the investigation should proceed: "It's an anti-Semitic act and it's a murder and that's the way it should be called," he says. "The murderer must pay for his actions."

Lefebvre explained that in France: "madness is considered as a mitigating circumstance. Taking this into account, there is an undeniable risk of treating real terrorists and true anti-Semites as crazy or "unbalanced", which would make their crimes go unpunished ". He added that a jury could probably decide for a much harsher sentence.

Lefebvre is in the best position to be re-elected in the first round of the two rounds of parliamentary parliamentary elections held on Sunday and will end on 18 June. One of the eleven French MPs representing French expatriates abroad, Lefebvre is the favorite among the candidates of the more than 180,000 French citizens of the United States and Canada.

Last Thursday, Lefebvre made the headlines of the French press, announcing his resignation from the party Center-Right Republicans, because of the reluctance of the party to support Macron, the leader of the centrist party Republic En Marche, which has won 70% of the French vote in North America, in the presidential election last month against the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

"I left the Republican Party because it questions the legitimacy of the new President and wants to prevent him from governing," said Lefebvre. "But today, it's time to change your political attitude - that's why I'm taking up the fight for the new President."

Lefebvre explained that his appreciation of Macron's value comes from working with him. "We have developed a relationship based on mutual trust," he says. "We share the same certainty that we will only be able to reform France if we involve responsible people from the left and the right."

A member of the Parliamentary Defense Committee, Lefebvre frequently blasted French foreign policy in the Middle East for having always behaved "blindly pro-Arab way".

"We must first defend the birthplace of Democracy, which is Israel," he says.

Lefebvre urges the French government to revise its policy of assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) so that "subsidies are linked to the development of commercial and industrial affairs in the Palestinian territories, instead of these subsidies being paid indirectly to finance terrorism ".

I hope that Emmanuel Macron will pay attention to this and I am ready to help him do it, "he says.

He also recommended the creation of a border police force covering all of Europe to keep its margins against the continuing wave of terrorist attacks in major cities around the continent. "We need" reactive zones "all around Europe with checkpoints," added Lefebvre.

When asked what the content of his message is to the Jews of France who are thinking of immigrating because of the increased risks of anti-Semitism and uncertain economic prospects, Lefebvre replies: "This is your earth, do not give up. France must offer you its protection.


By Ben Cohen


Adaptation: Marc Brzustowski

Source: © F.Lefevbre (REM): Sarah Halimi's murderer must pay © - JForum

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