The Jewish community of France has emerged during the nation's presidential campaign as a model for integration of other faith groups, a senior rabbi noted following the first candidates debate.

Rabbi Moche Lewin, a spokesman for the chief rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, made the observation in an interview Tuesday with JTA in response to the assertion by the center-right candidate Francois Fillon, who cited the history of French Jews as exemplary of how Muslims should be integrated into French society.

"Clearly, the history of the Jewish community of France and its loyalty are emerging as a model" in discussions on integration during the campaign, Lewin said.

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