Ambassador Araud hosts 150 representatives from the ADL
On May 4, Ambassador Gérard Araud welcomed a delegation of nearly 150 members from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. The delegation was in Washington for the ADL National Summit (May 3 to 5) to meet with senior U.S. and international representatives.
This event was another occasion for the ambassador to pursue dialogue with American-Jewish organizations as he has done since his arrival in Washington, D.C. in September 2014 and while traveling throughout the country, most recently in Chicago and Los Angeles.
During his remarks, Ambassador Araud stressed France’s commitment to fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of racism and discrimination: "This fight (against anti-Semitism) is not a French nor a European fight. It is a global fight," declared Ambassador Araud.
The National Director of the ADL, Abraham Foxman, concluded the event by praising the French government’s recent actions against anti-Semitism following the January terrorist attacks in Paris. "France is at the forefront of the fight against anti-Semitism and serves as a model for other countries," said Abraham Foxman. "We appreciate and value the fact that France is taking a serious stand against anti-Semitism," he added.
The delegation was joined by Mr. Roger Cukierman, President of the Representative Council of French-Jewish Institutions (CRIF), who was in Washington, D.C. recently to speak about France’s mobilization against anti-Semitic acts.