JERUSALEM: (HRNW) Emmanuel Macron reprimanded an Israeli security officer who apparently attempted to enter a French-owned church during a tour of Jerusalem, mirroring a similarly testy exchange in 1996 involving his predecessor Jacques Chirac.
The French president was on a visit to the walled Old City on Wednesday before a Holocaust memorial event hosted by Israel on Thursday.
Stopping to visit the church of St Anne, he was seen by journalists shouting at a man in the doorway. “Outside, please,” he said in English, according to a film taken by a reporter from Le Parisien.
As a gift for his help in the Crimean War, the Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid handed the basilica to the French emperor Napoleon III in 1856. Its grounds are still considered French territory.