After his last trip to France with a racial speech, extremist Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich is unwelcomed in Paris as French officials refuse to meet with him on his upcoming trip to the French capital, the Israeli Ynet website reported Sunday, May 18, 2023.
On June 27-28, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will hold the SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) and Entrepreneurship Ministerial Meeting at its headquarters in Paris.
The Israeli website Ynet indicated that “Israel” joined the organization in 2010, and it is scheduled to be represented at the conference this year by the Minister of Finance and the head of the right-wing religious Zionist party, Smotrich.
“According to sources in the French Foreign Ministry, Smotrich will struggle to meet with French representatives outside the conference itself,” said Ynet.
The website indicated that Smotrich’s office appears to have also tried to hold meetings with other officials from the countries participating in the conference, but no coordination has taken place so far.
In March, Smotrich visited Paris and delivered a racial speech that angered the French audience when he displayed a map of “Greater Israel” on the speaker’s podium, which included Jordanian territory as part of “Israel”.
He also declared in his speech that “There is no such thing as a Palestinian people.”
The French Foreign Ministry described his remarks as “outrageous and irresponsible”.