February 20, 2014 -- Paris -- French Interior Minister Manuel Valls met today with an AJC delegation, led by AJC Executive Director David Harris, at the French Ministry of the Interior.
The hour-long session focused on strategies for combatting anti-Semitism and other forms of racism.
“Minister Valls’ clarity of vision and strong determination are laudable," said Harris. “Once again, we welcomed the opportunity to continue our important dialogue with him, which has taken place both in Paris and New York. As always, we found him absolutely determined and resolute."
"It is reassuring for Jews, other minorities, and the French people to know that Minister Valls and the French government are determined to fight anti-Semitism and radicalization," said Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, AJC Paris director. "We urge political, religious, and civil society leaders to unite in support of this national struggle against ignorance and hatred."
AJC maintains regular contact with France’s Interior Ministry via its Paris office, directed by Rodan-Benzaquen. AJC's last meeting with Minister Valls took place in New York in June 2013.