Emmanuel Macron shouts at Israeli security officers in altercation in Jerusalem
French President Emmanuel Macron has been involved in an altercation with Israeli security officers in Jerusalem's Old City, CNN reports.
Macron, who is in Jerusalem to attend a large Holocaust remembrance event on Thursday, was visiting the Church of Saint Anne, which belongs to the French government and is considered to be French territory, when he was filmed admonishing the security officers for apparently trying to follow him into the church.
"Everybody knows the rules. I don't like what you did in front of me. Go outside!" Macron was seen shouting.
The Roman Catholic church, which dates back to the 12th century, was gifted to Napoleon III by the Ottoman Sultan in 1856.
"Please respect the rules, they are [in place] for centuries. They will not change with me, I can tell you," Macron added during the dispute.
A spokeswoman for the Elysée Palace told CNN that the President had intervened after an exchange between French and Israeli security.
"St. Anne belongs to France in Jerusalem. It is up to France to protect these places in this city. The Israeli security forces wanted to enter while security was being provided by French security services. The president reacted to an altercation between the Israeli and French security forces at the time of entering Saint Anne in order to end it, and to remind everyone of the rules that apply," the spokeswoman said.