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Vandals desecrate 90 Jewish graves in east France ahead of marches

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Vandals desecrate 90 Jewish graves in east France ahead of marches

Vandals desecrate 90 Jewish graves in east France ahead of marches

Vandals have daubed swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans on around 90 graves in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, local officials said on Tuesday, shortly before planned marches nationwide against a surge in anti-Semitic attacks.

Pascale Davies reports.

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Vandals desecrate 90 Jewish graves in east France ahead of marches

It was meant to be France's day to stand against anti-semitism, but this graveyard at a Jewish cemetery in a village near Strasbourg was found desecrated with Swastikas.

Vandals defaced 90 graves as nationwide marches against a rise in anti-semitism began on Tuesday (19 February).

French President Emmanuel Macron paid his respects to the village of Quatzenheim.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, EMMANUEL MACRON, SAYING: "The fact that some of our fellow citizens think that that's nothing, that history can be repeated by doing this is a failure.

It's our failure.

And so now, we need and we will take actions, strong and clear ones.

This process will take time." France is home to the biggest Jewish community in Europe but anti-semitic attacks are common.

Last week, figures showed a 74 percent rise in anti-semitic attacks in France in 2018 with more than 500 incidents reported.

In recent days "yellow vest" protesters were caught on camera hurling verbal anti-semitic insults at a famous Jewish French philosopher who is the son of a Holocaust survivor.

And artwork showing France's revered magistrate and Holocaust survivor, Simone Veil, were also defaced with Swastikas this month.

Macron is set to host a dinner with the head of an umbrella body that represents the Jewish community in France on Wednesday (20 February).




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