French Senate adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

The Senate has broadly approved a draft resolution that adopts the definition of antisemitism proposed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Recalling that the National Assembly passed a similar resolution in 2019. Minister for Citizenship Marlène Schiappa said she was “happy today that the Senate is taking this same approach”.

“This is a resolution, it has no binding legal value, it does not change our law […] but it can serve as a basis а the application of the law as well as serve for a basis for public policies,” she said, stressing that it will allow “better identification, better characterisation of antisemitism”. The IHRA definition was adopted by the European Parliament and some twenty countries and supported by Emmanuel Macron in February 2019 before the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (Crif), the country’s EJC affiliate.

A decision voted by all political groups
“Reaffirming in this hemicycle our attachment а this essential fight for good living together was imperative at a time when some seek а rehabilitate Petainism and deny the right of children killed in Toulouse (in 2012 by Mohammed Merah, editor’s note) to be buried in Israel,” said for his part Hervé Marseille. The resolution was voted by a show of hands by all political groups, except for the CRCE, with a communist majority, which did not take part in the vote, and the ecologist group, which abstained.

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