French PM warns of huge increase in anti-Semitism

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has warned of the massive increase in antisemitic incidents in 2018, in France.

Writing on Facebook the PM said: “We are far from being done with anti-Semitism. I have just heard of the latest figures on the evolution of anti-Semitic acts in our country. They’re relentless. While it had been down for two years, the number of these acts increased by more than 69% in the first 9 months of 2018.”

Phillipe continued: “Every aggression perpetrated against one of our fellow citizens because he is Jewish resonates like a new crystal break.”

His comments come as today is marked as the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass), when Jewish families faced a night of terror from the Nazis, with thousands of Jews seeing their homes, shops and businesses looted and destroyed.

Just last month a mass shooting in Pittsburgh, California led to the murder of 11 people in a synagogue.

Earlier this year three migrants in Sweden were found guilty of an arson attack on a synagogue in Gothenburg.

The rise in anti-Semitic attacks across Europe is deeply concerning.