“NIn the early hours of October 7, the unspeakable resurfaced from the depths of History”, declared Macron, in an intervention during the French State’s tribute to the 42 French fatal victims of the attack by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which took place today in Paris in the presence of family members.
“It was 6:00 am when Hamas launched a heinous surprise attack, the largest anti-Semitic massacre of our century”said the French head of state.
Before the families of the French victims, including also families of the injured and hostages, Macron continued: “We are 68 million French people mourning the terrorist attacks of October 7th. 68 million minus 42 lives taken, 68 million including six injured lives, 68 millions, including four lives forever marked by their captivity. 68 million lives, three of which are still imprisoned and for whose release we fight every day. Their empty chairs are there.”
In the room where the ceremony took place, three chairs were left empty in the family gallery for the three French citizens who are presumed to still be hostages of the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip.
The “destinies” of Hamas victims “are not the only ones that the tearing apart of the Middle East continues to crush in this ‘tornado’ of suffering that is war”, highlighted the French President.
“All lives are equal, of inestimable value in the eyes of France”, he stressed.
Emmanuel Macron also said that one should not “give in to rampant anti-Semitism, here or there, because there is no justification for it.”
“Nothing can justify or excuse this terrorism,” he concluded.
The French Presidency also plans to dedicate a “tribute” or a “moment of remembrance” to the French victims of Israeli bombings in Gaza at a later date, but neither the date nor the format have yet been defined.
On October 7, 2023, fighters from the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) — classified as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Israel — carried out an attack on Israeli territory of unprecedented proportions since the creation of the State of Israel , in 1948, leaving 1,163 dead, mostly civilians, and around 250 hostages, 132 of whom remain in captivity, according to the most recent report by Israeli authorities.
In retaliation, Israel declared a war to “eradicate” Hamas, which began with cuts to the supply of food, water, electricity and fuel in the Gaza Strip and daily bombings, followed by a ground offensive in the north of the territory, which later extended South.
The war between Israel and Hamas, which continues to threaten to spread throughout the Middle East region, has so far claimed more than 27,000 deaths in the Gaza Strip, most of them civilians, according to the latest report from local authorities, and almost two million displaced people (more than 85% of the inhabitants), plunging the overpopulated and poor Palestinian enclave into a serious humanitarian crisis, with the entire population affected by serious levels of hunger that are already claiming victims, according to the UN.
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