France is experiencing a nasty flare up of anti-Semitism, and the doctor is finally in… or so he appears to think.
French president Emmanuel Macron spoke this week at the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France, a yearly presidential tradition. At the dinner, Macron called the terrible acts of this past week, and even year, “a resurgence of antisemitism that is probably unprecedented since [the second world war]”. He announced that French law will rewrite the definition of anti-Semitism to include anti-Zionism, making it easier to identify and punish hate speech and hate crimes against the Jewish people. He also declared that, starting in May, new legislation would be introduced to put the heat on social media companies to take down hate speech at a much faster pace than they are currently doing.