French Minister to Jews: ‘France needs you’

PARIS (EJP)—French Interior and Worship Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie told representatives of the French Jewish community that France “needs you,” stressing that religions transmit “values and landmarks which contribute to the unity of the Republic.”

The minister was the guest of the Consistoire of Paris, the principal organization that deals with the religious needs of Jews in the capital, during a ceremony of wishes ahead of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.