Watch: Chief Rabbi of France relieved following Le Pen defeat

Rabbi Haim Korsia relieved by defeat of Marine Le Pen, but is worried her supporters have forgotten French brotherhood.

Yoni Kempinski ,

Chief Rabbi of France
Chief Rabbi of France
Yoni Kempinski

Rabbi Haim Korsia, the Chief Rabbi of France, is relieved at the election victory of Emmanuel Macron over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the French Presidential elections this past Sunday.

"I was very happy because I was afraid," Rabbi Korsia told Arutz Sheva. "It's very dangerous. When you feel [that you are without] hope, it's very hard."

"You feel that people who you live together with them - we live together in France - and you feel that by so many people, they are afraid about the future," he continued.

Rabbi Korsia said that that kind of pessimism is antithetical to Judaism. "In the Jewish faith, we always think that the future will be better than the past, of course, and then the present."

He expressed regret that a large segment of the French population voted for Le Pen even if she did not win. "There is 34% of the French population who decided to cut [off] the future, and decided to cut [off] the possibility to live together."

"We have to rebuild the links between everybody," he declared. "I think we forgot something. We forgot brotherhood, fraternity."

"I think brotherhood is the most important thing."