Antisemitic acts increased by 27% last year in France

Antisemitic acts increased in France by 27% last year, the country’s interior minister said Sunday, according to The Associated Press.

Acts against Muslims inched higher while anti-Christian acts remained stable but highest of all, said Minister Christophe Castaner in a statement.

Acts described as bearing a racist and xenophobic character, mostly threats, more than doubled between 2018 and 2019, increasing from 496 to 1,142, the statement said.

“Expressions and acts of hate, whether they target origins or religious beliefs, whether they take the form of physical violence or verbal threats, are an intolerable attack on our common project, the foundations of our social … pact,” it added.

Press release from Christophe Castaner and Laurent Nuñez - 2019 statistics on anti-religious, antisemitic, racist and xenophobic acts ...
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To mobilize against forces of hate, and its banalization, the ministry is creating a network of special investigators around France. And it has designated experts on racism and antisemitism in gendarmeries and departments, the statement said.

The statistics revealing the “permanence of antisemitic hate” take on a particular meaning as the world marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp, noted Castaner.

A total of 687 antisemitic acts were counted in 2019, compared to 541 the previous year. The account by the interior ministry showed that 151 of the acts were of the most severe category, “actions,” meaning attacks on people or their possessions, theft or physical acts. There were 536 threats.

The number of anti-Jewish offences reported to police in France surged 74 percent in 2018.

Source: interieur