Protesters in Paris Rally against Israeli PM's Visit

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Mr Macron attacked "anti-Zionism" as "the reinvented form of antisemitism" at a ceremony to remember the rounding up in July 1942 of 13,152 Jewish adults and children who were taken to the Velodrome d'Hiver, a cycle track in Paris.

It will also be his first visit with newly elected Macron who are slated to meet tomorrow at Élysée Palace, the presidential compound for talks that will address particular Syria, Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "Barbarity is here on the street corner", he said, apparently referring to attacks on Jews by young men of immigrant origin.

The Union of French Jews for Peace, a pro-Palestinian organisation, described the decision to invite Mr Netanyahu as "shocking" and "unacceptable".

The French president met Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Paris earlier this month.

Mr Macron said "it was indeed France that organised this", adding "not a single German" was directly involved, but French police collaborating with the Nazis.

The French President said his country has unconditional support for Israel and that he is deeply attached to achieving peace in the region.

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After the event with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris, Macron said that "everything should be done so that negotiations restart" with the aim of reaching a two-state solution, as the worldwide community has long sought.

It was a half century after when then-president Jacques Chirac became the first French leader to acknowledge the state's role in the Holocaust's horrors.

France's far-right National Front (FN) leader and parliamentary candidate Marine Le Pen speaks (C) after the polls closed during the second round of the French parliamentary elections (elections legislatives in French) on June 18, 2017 in Henin-Beaumont, northern France. "It seems that the values of the French Revolution - liberty, equality, fraternity - these values were crushed brutally under the boots of antisemitism". Anxious that Netanyahu is backing away from commitment to a two-state solution, Macron assailed Jewish settlement construction as a threat to global hopes for peace.

After the ceremony Sunday morning, Netanyahu was due to hold a meeting with President Macron. "They try to destroy us, but also they try to destroy you". "We must stand against them together".

Jastreb said, "Macron's participation today at the ceremony is important".

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