In the style of “Je suis Charlie”, the actor Philippe Torreton has just published on social networks an open letter of around twenty lines in which he denounces the Hamas terrorist attack and the lack of reaction from public opinion French. “On October 7, terrorists atrociously massacred hundreds and hundreds of men, women and children for the sole reason that they were Jewish. More than thirty French people are among these victims while others are hostages of Hamas. I search, I search and I see nothing, no signs, no unifying slogans, no huge processions, no slogans, no concerts, nothing or very little.”
The member of the Comédie-Française, who has made it a habit to get involved politically, is also outraged in his letter by the progression of anti-Semitism in France. “I see anti-Semitic graffiti being painted cowardly on the walls of our cities, I see linguistic convolutions failing to denounce the horror, I see cynicism and far-left political patronage stammering, I see the European shame is getting back on track more than 80 years after its last triumph.”
The comparison with the attacks of 2015 and particularly that perpetrated against the editorial staff of the satirical newspaper founded in 1970 by François Cavanna seems obvious to him: “A few years ago we wore Je suis Charlie, our eyes full of tears and our hearts black. . There were then millions of us and this slogan appeared everywhere on the walls of our cities in huge advertising posters.
Faced with what he considers to be a relative apathy from France and international authorities, Philippe Torreton now chooses his cause. “I see Alzheimer tearing the pages of our history books and Parkinson preventing us from banging our fists on the desks in Brussels and New York... So, I say it in the name of the fighting and resistant France which saw the birth of Zola , in the name of these twenty and one hundred, in the name of these thousands that Ferrat sang who wanted as I want today for his children to know who you were: I am Jewish. »