Macron then stopped the shoving and shouted at the Israeli security guards in English: "I don't like what you did in front of me".
This week's historic gathering of the leaders of the Western World in Jerusalem to ostensibly combat antisemitism took a bit of an embarrassing turn on Wednesday when French President Emmanuel Macron essentially kicked a Jew out of a church.
During his visit at a church in Jerusalem, French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday yelled at Israeli police and asked them to leave the site.
"Please respect the rules, they are [in place] for centuries". The Israeli security forces wanted to enter while security was being provided by French security services. Anne is already managed by France, the Élysée said.
While the grounds of the Catholic Church are still considered French territory, Israel's exclusive claim to Jerusalem and Palestine as a whole, as the indigenous community have discovered at great cost, traduces any sense of global norm and justice.
"There was a moment of nervousness between the security teams", Macron said, speaking to BFM TV.
A spokeswoman for the Elysée Palace told CNN that the President had intervened after an exchange between French and Israeli security.
Wednesday's tense scenes recalled a 1996 Jerusalem visit by late former president Chirac during which he also grew testy with Israeli security personnel who were urging him to move on.
"Based on the terms agreed upon ahead of time, an Israel Security Agency (ISA) guard and a policeman escorted the French president and his delegation inside", a joint police and ISA statement read.
"It was up to me to put things in order by re-explaining what the rules are, because France has so few domains, and the Saint Anne Church is one of them", he added.