French parliament building on lock-down after death threats to Jewish MP

French MP Meyer Habib received an envelope with white powder in it on Monday, leading a wing of the French National Assembly to be shut down.

“Fat Zionist pig,” the letter began, “you are not French. You do not belong in the Assembly. You are only a f*cking Israeli terrorist with blood on your hands.”

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Security evacuated the B wing of the French National Assembly for over two-and-a-half hours, and chemical experts examined the substance sent in the envelope to ensure there was no danger.

Habib said that “it is sad and disconcerting that we have reached a situation in which a member of the French parliament receives death threats because he is Jewish and a friend of Israel. Beyond the personal matter, I am very concerned for the French Republic, and I think action and a response are needed at the highest levels.”

The MP has long faced threats to his life and, unlike most in his position, has bodyguards provided by the French authorities.

Habib, a French-Israeli and a longtime friend of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, represents French expats in the Mediterranean countries, including Italy, Turkey, the Holy See, Cyprus and more – as well as Israel, which has more French citizens than all the other countries combined.

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