‘France must prioritize fighting terror’

Several thousand people, mostly French speakers and mostly young, were at the funeral. Entire busloads of young people came in from around the country. The predominant feeling was suspicion about whether France really understands the threat of terror.

Tanya Klein, who made aliyah four years ago, said, “France is not ready to see the war that’s going on.” Klein said she was doubtful whether the recent attacks would change anything. “The burden [of Islamic terror] is already in France and they need to make fighting it a priority.”

Another participant, Carol, made aliyah from France 30 years ago. “It was emotional to see the marchers on Sunday,” Carol said, but it was very much “of the moment” and will probably not have an impact.

— Renee Ghert-Zand

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