A top official in France’s Socialist Party was expelled on Tuesday days after tweeting an antisemitic image targeting President Emmanuel Macron.
Gérard Filoche, a member of the Socialists’ national executive committee, claimed to have written the tweet out of “negligence,” but the party’s National Office voted unanimously to exclude him in his absence.
“The National Office has voted for the exclusion of Gérard Filoche. He can no longer speak on behalf of the Socialist Party, nor be a member,” party coordinator Rachid Temal said at a press conference.
“Gérard Filoche is no longer a member of the Socialist Party. He is excluded.”
He added: “It is not possible for a socialist leader to write an antisemitic tweet.”
Filoche’s post on Friday showed Macron with his arms outstretched over the Earth, wearing what appears to be a Nazi armband but with the swastika replaced by a dollar sign.
“On the move towards global chaos,” the caption reads, a reference to Macron’s En Marche (“On the Move”) movement that swept him to the presidency earlier this year.
Filoche introduced the image by writing: “A dirty bastard, the French are going to know it,” using a phrase that echoes a well-known antisemitic slur in French.
The post was quickly deleted and Filoche said he was “sorry.”
On Monday he told i24news: “Obviously I was careless… I was not attentive, I should not have done it.”