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Koch Blasts Giscard D’estaing

October 8, 1980
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Mayor Edward Koch accused French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing yesterday of “delivering Jews to the PLO.” He was speaking of the fatal bombing of a Paris synagogue last Friday.

Koch made his remarks in the course of greeting Yitzhok Berman, Speaker of the Knesset, who visited City Hall. During World War II, Koch said, “the French people and the government delivered French Jews to the Nazis. He (Giscard) is delivering Jews to the PLO and he should be ashamed of himself.”

Koch told reporters that he intended to make the same accusation when he speaks before the French-American Chamber of Commerce here today. “My position in this matter is public and I can’t express it strongly enough,” he said.

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