Ex-footballer Cantona slams French support of Israel

Eric Cantona called on French President Francois Hollande to change his policy towards Israel and criticized the government's decision to ban pro-Palestinian rallies across the country.

Ex-footballer Cantona slams French support of Israel

World Bulletin / News Desk

Former France and Manchester United footballer Eric Cantona has slammed the policy of the French President Francois Hollande for his support of the Israeli bombardment of civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Speaking to Mediapart news website, Cantona called on Hollande to change his policy towards Israel and criticized the government's decision to ban pro-Palestinian rallies across the country.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned Saturday that demonstrators taking part in prohibited protests would be likely to face trial.

Up to 41 people were detained and 17 police officers were wounded during the forbidden protest on July 19, when about 3,000 Parisians gathered in the French capital's Barbes neighborhood to protest against the ongoing Israeli aggression on Palestinians in Gaza Strip.

The crowd chanted slogans supporting Gaza and burned the Israeli flag despite a ban on the demonstration. Some protesters threw projectiles at the police prompting them to disperse the demonstrators with tear gas.

France has both the largest Jewish and Muslim populations in Europe and flare-ups in the Middle East have often in the past added to tensions between the two communities.

Israel began its offensive on July 7, killing more than 1,800 Palestinians, mainly civilians, since.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Ağustos 2014, 15:11