French President Emmanuel Macron is offering his support to anti-racism protesters in what he described as a collective, historic battle against intolerance.
Macron, in his first public comments about the weekend’s deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia, tweeted Thursday, “at the sides of those who fight racism and xenophobia. Our joint combat, yesterday as today. #Charlottesville.”
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, runner-up to Macron in this year’s tense presidential election, has not commented on the violence in Charlottesville. She has worked to shed her National Front party’s past racist reputation, but it maintains links with some extremist figures.
National Front official Florian Philippot sought to distance his anti-immigrant party from the U.S. marchers. Speaking on Francetvinfo, he said, “We should condemn these racist supremacists,” and called the event an internal U.S. affair.