France will firmly combat antisemitism, President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement on Wednesday.
President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement that „the Republic does not and will not compromise, and we will be ruthless against those who carry that hatred,” reports The Jerusalem Post.
The French president held his speech amid a surge in antisemitic violence in the country since the October 7 terror attack of Hamas against Israel.
According to Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, there have been a total of 1,159 antisemitic acts in the country since October 7, more than three times the number of such acts in 2022.
Those acts include spray-painting swastikas or stars of David on walls, but also insults and assault. „Antisemitism is resurfacing, in words, on the walls,” said Macron.
France is home to Europe’s largest Jewish and Muslim communities, and conflicts in the Middle East tend to lead to tensions in the Republic.
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