Macron: France 'vigilant' against Iranian nuclear threat

French President says anti-Zionism is a 'reinvented' form of anti-Semitism.

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Netanyahu and Macron
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French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday assured visiting Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of his "vigilance" regarding the 2015 nuclear accord reached by Western powers with Iran.

Netanyahu "expressed his concerns regarding the Iranian regime," Macron told reporters with Netanyahu at his side. "I assured him of our vigilance, in particular over the strict implementation of the accord... in all its provisions."

Netanyahu visited France to participate in a ceremony marking 75 years since the roundup of some 13,000 Jews in Paris with the help of French police, holding them in a stadium without food and water, and sending them, including children, to their deaths in the Nazi camps

Macron also criticized anti-Zionism as “a reinvented form of anti-Semitism”.

Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky praised Macron's willingness to confront anti-Zionism as a form of anti-Semitism..

“When one of the most important leaders in Europe recognizes that modern anti-/Semitism frequently cloaks itself with the veil of anti-Zionism, tearing the mask off the face of radical anti-Zionists, this is a highly significant development. President Macron’s remarks serve to further clarify the nature of modern anti-Semitism and facilitate efforts to combat it. I call on all leaders, in Europe and elsewhere, to follow the United Kingdom and Austria in formally adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of anti-Semitism, which will help uproot all forms of this age-old hatred from within our midst," Sharansky said.