French PM under influence of his Jewish wife, local politician says
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French PM under influence of his Jewish wife, local politician says

Jallal Chouaoui, member of centrist UDI party, later apologizes to Valls and his spouse in lengthy Facebook post

France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) and Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel address a press conference at the end of a mini-summit between France and Belgium on terrorism, in Brussels, February 1, 2016. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP)
France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) and Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel address a press conference at the end of a mini-summit between France and Belgium on terrorism, in Brussels, February 1, 2016. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP)

A French municipal official urged the country’s prime minister, Manuel Valls, to stop his support for Jews, which the local politician attributed to Valls’ Jewish wife.

The Facebook post by Jallal Chouaoui, a deputy mayor of the northern municipality of Nogent-sur-Oise for the centrist UDI party, featured a claim often made against Valls, which traces his staunch opposition to anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism to his marriage to Anne Gravoin.

In 2011, Valls said his marriage connected him “in an eternal way” to Israel and the Jewish people.

“The position taken by Manuel Valls on the Jewish community is well known notably by his marriage to a Jewish woman,” Chouaoui wrote in the March 8 post, according to a report Tuesday on the website Actualite Juive.

Manuel Valls, then the interior minister of France, arrives at a state dinner with his wife, Anne Gravoin, Sept. 3, 2013. (photo credit: Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images/JTA)
Manuel Valls, then the interior minister of France, arrives at a state dinner with his wife, Anne Gravoin, Sept. 3, 2013. (Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images/JTA)

While noting he does not oppose politicians supporting the Jewish community, Valls’ case “is ridiculous and totally abusive,” Chouaoui wrote. “As a simple French citizen I want to say, damn it, enough!”

Noting France’s financial and social problems, Chouaoui urged Valls to “mind France and simple French citizens.”

On Tuesday, however, Chouaoui apologized for his remarks.

“I extend my apologies to the prime minister and his wife,” he wrote at the end of a lengthy Facebook post in French, which was accompanied by an image of dove.

In recent years, several well-known French individuals have criticized Valls for his statements that anti-Zionist equals or leads to anti-Semitism, and for his opposition to the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, among other “career anti-Semites,” as Valls has termed them.

During a talk in January before members of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, Valls condemned former foreign minister Roland Dumas, who last year said Valls is “under Jewish influence” because of his wife.

“It is anti-Semitism of the worst kind,” Valls said of Dumas, “and certain compulsive anti-Semites act on the fact that my wife is Jewish.”

In 2014, French soccer player Nicolas Anelka said Valls’ wife influenced him to oppose Dieudonne’s antics.

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