Le Pen is no stranger to xenophobic remarks, and as much as she is in the news today it is not surprising anymore what comes out of her mouth. We have also come to expect this sort of rhetoric from other right wing populist parties in Europe at this time. What IS surprising is that left wing populist groups are just as, if not more, nasty than their political opposites. I am referring to France Insoumise (Unsubmissive or Unbowed France) run by Jean Luc Melenchon. He has been shown to produce anti-semitic rhetoric and remarks, threats on journalists, and other poor choices. Jews in France have little to no faith in him and subsequently little to no faith in the Left. Some of his recent antics are about Corbyn’s apology for anti-semitism in his party. As well as slamming Macron’s accepting of responsibility for the Vichy governments crimes and deportation of Jews during the Holocaust. These echo many of the remarks le Pen has made, though even he seems to be going quite far in some cases. Maybe everyone is trying to outdo le Pen these days in France! What a strange thought. Anyways, back to the subject, there does not seem to be much understanding, respect, sympathy, or empathy for the Jewish community from either side of the spectrum. The strangest thing is that with all that Europe has done to them, and the fact that they make up less than 1% of France’s population, they are still in the public eye with such a forcefully negative view from so many. You would think they would barely be a noticeable mark at all or mention of any kind towards them. This increasingly hateful rhetoric and slander should be worrying as it has been building towards many minorities, not just Jews. Maybe we can tell a lot about the state of a country by the way it treats its minorities, especially it’s Jewish peoples.