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See French Jews Voting As Individuals, Not As a Community

France’s Jewish community voted in yesterday’s Presidential run-off elections as Frenchmen rather than as Jews, JTA’s Paris correspondent Edwin Eytan reports. He said political analysts believe Jews cast their votes for M. Pompidou and Interim President Alain Poher in the same proportion as the general population.

The organized Jewish community took no sides during the election campaign. Jewish leaders have vigorously denied the existence of a “Jewish vote” and say “Jews vote like everyone else and usually in the same proportions.” Political analysis seemed to confirm this. They said French Jews made their voting decisions on the basis of economic and political affinities, not as a community.