Jewish man attacked outside Paris synagogue

A Jewish man leaving a synagogue in Paris was assaulted physically and verbally and had to be transported to a hospital for treatment.

French authorities are searching for the assailant who attacked a man leaving a synagogue in Paris. The 62-year-old man was wearing a Jewish skullcap as he was leaving a synagogue on Friday at around 5:30 p.m. local time when he was attacked both verbally and physically, reports The Times of Israel.

A witness saw the assailant hitting the victim, who fell on the ground and briefly lost consciousness. A witness reported to the police that the assailant shouted an ethnic slur at the man under attack, who had to be transported to a hospital after the incident, while the perpetrator fled the scene on foot.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the attack is “a new antisemitic attack that occurred in Paris.”

“Everything is being done to apprehend the perpetrator of this unspeakable act,” Darmanin wrote in a post on X.

The attack came only hours after Darmanin said he had ordered police prefectures around the country to “immediately strengthen protection” of Jewish communities, particularly around schools and places of worship. Darmaning said his decision was aimed at preventing Jewish people from being targeted because of the “unfolding tragedies in the Middle East.”

A sharp rise in antisemitic acts in France has been reported in the wake of the October 7 Hamas attacks in Israel and the ensuing war in Gaza.