French PM: France without Jews would be a failure

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls a demonstration on January 10, 2015 called by the Jewish Student’s Union of France at the Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris in homage to the four victims of the January 9 attack on a kosher supermarket. (photo credit: AFP/ KENZO TRIBOUILLARD)
In interview before spate of terror attacks, Manuel Valls said if 100,000 Jews leave, country will cease to be itself

By Times of Israel staff

A France bereft of 100,000 Jews would be deemed a failure, the country’s prime minister said last week, before a terror attack on a kosher market left four Jewish men dead and spurred renewed calls for immigration to Israel.

Manuel Valls told The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg that “France would no longer be France,” if Jews fled the country en masse, in an interview published early Sunday.

“100,000 French people of Spanish origin were to leave, I would never say that France is not France anymore. But if 100,000 Jews leave, France will no longer be France. The French Republic will be judged a failure,” he said.

Valls echoed the statement on Saturday outside Paris’s HyperCacher market, calling for a millions-strong march against terror a day after an Islamist gunman killed four men and held several more people hostage before being killed by police.

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