France slams Khamenei's 'Zionist cancer' remark

22nd September 2009, Comments 0 comments

France said on Monday that claims by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that a "Zionist cancer" was gnawing into the lives of Islamic nations were "profoundly shocking."

"These declarations are profoundly shocking and we firmly condemn them," said a foreign ministry spokeswoman, adding that the remarks "reflect the intolerance of the current leaders of Iran."

"They unfortunately can be added to a long list of hateful declarations by (Iranian President) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad," Christine Fages told reporters. "It is a sad day for the Iranian people, who we know do not share this attitude."

Khamenei, who has the final decision in all of Iran's national issues, blasted arch-foe Israel, Western powers and foreign media networks in a sermon on Sunday for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr.

The annual Quds (Jerusalem) Day rally held across Iran on Friday, he said, was a "day of loud and clear shouts" against this "deadly cancer of Zionism which is gnawing into the lives of the Islamic nations."

His anti-Israel remarks came two days after the Quds Day rally during which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had also slammed Israel and repeated his controversial belief that the Holocaust was a "myth".


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