The Union of French Jews for Peace (UJFP) described the decision to invite Netanyahu as "shocking" and "unacceptable". France's Communist Party also protested, saying Netanyahu was not bringing a message of peace. And former French ambassador to Israel, Elie Barnavi, told AFP: "The presence of Netanyahu makes me a little uneasy.Actually, it has everything to with Israel in the sense that, had there been an Israel 75 years ago, those Vel d'Hiv Jews would have had somewhere to escape to (as, in ever increasing numbers, French Jews are doing today).
"This story has nothing to do with Israel," he added.
Update: Macron hosts Netanyahu, condemns anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism