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Macron argues with Israeli police during visit to Church of St Anne in Jerusalem

This comes during French president’s visit to Church of Saint Anne, which is French state property

Mustafa Deveci   | 22.01.2020
Macron argues with Israeli police during visit to Church of St Anne in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM

During his visit at a church in Jerusalem, French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday yelled at Israeli police and asked them to leave the site.

Macron yells at Israel police to leave French church

According to the Israeli media outlets, the heated argument occurred when the Israeli police wanted to enter the Church of Saint Anne, which is French state property.

The church has been in France’s possession since 1856 when it was given as a gift by the Ottoman Sultan Abdulmejid I to French Emperor Napoleon III.

"Respect the rules established for centuries, they will not change with me, I can tell you," Macron said in a raised voice captured in a video that went viral on social media. 

He asked the police officers to “get out” and said that everybody knows the rules: "I don’t like what you did in front of me," he added.

Macron arrived in Israel on Tuesday evening to participate in the 5th World Holocaust Forum, scheduled for Thursday in West Jerusalem.

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