10 months France tackles anti-Semitism Manilatimes |World
PARIS: A surge in anti-Semitic violence and hate speech has prompted soul-searching for many in France, which has long wrestled with its history of discrimination and prejudice against Jews. “Anti-Semitism has very deep roots in French society,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said this month after a prominent writer was accosted in the street and warned that “France belongs to us.” The number of anti-Jewish offences reported to police rose to 541 last year from 311 in 2017, after falling for two years. Dozens of Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated and swastikas have been found scrawled on the doors of people’s ... more