After the attack in Rafah, the opposition urged Macron to follow Spain's lead

After the attack in Rafah, the opposition urged Macron to follow Spain's lead

Ludovic Marin/AFP Emmanuel Macron ordered (here in November 2023) recognition of the Palestinian state

Ludovic Marin/AFP

Emmanuel Macron ordered (here in November 2023) recognition of the Palestinian state

Politics – Towards France’s recognition of the Palestinian state? This is the desire and increasingly urgent demand on the part of the opposition and even several voices in the Macronian camp. Pressures are escalating in particular after the Israeli attack on a center for displaced people in Rafah, on the evening of Sunday, May 26, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of people.

Unbearable images reach us this morning from Rafah “This was written on Monday by environmentalist leader, Marin Tondeleer, on X (formerly Twitter), before continuing,” France and the European Union must urgently stop their diplomatic action to stop this massacre: respect international law and international sanctions, ceasefire, release the hostages, recognize Palestine. »

The same words came from rebel leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who was upset in a tweet: “ Enough ! Enough ! All pressure must be used to put an end to this atrocity. Collapse of cooperation with the Netanyahu government and its economy, arms embargo, recognition of the State of Palestine.”

Still on the left, on Monday morning, in a morning program on TF1, Socialist Party leader Olivier Faure calls on France to… “Follow Spain and recognize the Palestinian state.” Will be “A strong political and diplomatic gesture” He adds.

For his part, Emmanuel Macron said to himself: Angry at the Israeli raids that caused many casualties among the displaced in Rafah “And he repeats his invitation.” Full respect for international law and an immediate ceasefire », without mentioning the possibility of recognizing the State of Palestine.

Recognition of the Palestinian state” Sitting at the negotiating table »

In the presidential camp, voices also began to rise in favor of this idea. ” France must recognize the Palestinian state » Renew MEP and No. 2 on Valerie Heyer's list, Bernard Guetta, said this morning on Radio Sud. Because it is a factor in accelerating the resumption of negotiations “.And he specifies that“It's not about being pro-Palestinian or pro-Israel” but “To be supportive of peace, and to force the leaders of these two peoples to sit at the negotiating table.”

The former journalist is neither the first nor the only one to defend this position among the Macronists. Asked on Friday, May 24 by ParisianFormer Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian indicated that he believes so “Recognition of the Palestinian state has become necessary.” This is a request that was already expressed and repeated a few days after the decision taken by Spain, Ireland and Norway in this regard.

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But on the right, Republicans stand their ground. The head of the Left Party list in the European elections, François-Xavier Bellamy, estimated on Monday that recognizing the State of Palestine today would be tantamount to… “big danger”during the call “Shed all the light” Regarding the bombing near Rafah.

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