Palestine: Mr President, you are leading France astray

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From his alignment with the Israeli far-right to the banning of demonstrations in solidarity with the Palestinian people, and the suggestion that this show of solidarity is in fact anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Zionism, French President François Hollande has lost his way, writes Mediapart editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel. In this opinion article presented as an open letter to the head of state, he argues that Hollande has adopted a position of incoherence and hypocrisy that will bring him no political gain and which ignores the lessons of history.

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Mr President, dear François Hollande, I could never have thought that you might one day figure in the history of French socialism as something of a new Guy Mollet. And, to be frank, I cannot get truly used to this idea, such was my belief that you were aware of the danger of a socialist relapse into national blindness and international alignment, this pretence of civilizations which believe themselves superior to the point of using this as an alibi to justify the injustices they commit.