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who died a couple of years ago, he was always "most popular Frenchperson" according to opinion polls (at least since the death of Jacques-Yves Cousteau) for his outstanding humanitarian work

... and who, in his nineties, publicly made anti-Semitic statements in support of a negationist friend.

I don't care how lucid this Thomas person is (I know nothing about her), but I note that old folks tend to go back to their roots. In both these cases, I find it hard to hold it against them (in the case of the abbé, he's from old Lyonnais bourgeois stock, and they are uniformly anti-semitic once you scratch the surface...) However it disqualifies them from public debate, necessarily. I think it's quite right she got the sack. Being "anti-"anything in the terms she used is completely beyond the pale.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 06:18:16 AM EST
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