Francois Fillon apologises for 'anti-Semitic' tweet about presidential rival Emmanuel Macron

Right-wing French presidential candidate Francois Fillon has apologised for tweeting a caricature of his main rival Emmanuel Macron, admitting that it evoked anti-Semitism.

Mr Fillon’s party The Republicans tweeted an image of the independent candidate with a hooked nose — apparently referring to Mr Macron’s past as an investment banker for Jewish company Rothschild — wearing a top hat and cutting a cigar with a red sickle.

The image, posted on Friday, provoked outcry after it was widely thought to resemble anti-Semitic propaganda from World War Two when France’s Vichy government collaborated with the Nazis and their discrimination of Jews.

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