Outrage over anti-Semitic acts on the rise in France
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French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said Monday night that the total of registered anti-Semitic acts in the country rose to 541 in 2018 from 311 in 2017, a 74 percent surge. Speaking in the Paris suburb of Sainte-Genevieve-du-Bois, where vandals chopped down trees planted in honor of a young Jewish man, Ilan Halimi, tortured and killed in 2006, Castaner decried the “poison” of hate. The incident was only the latest in a spate of recent racist vandalism that has included the defacing of a Paris bagel bakery with the word “Juden” (German for “Jews”) and the painting of swastikas over postbox portraits of the late Holocaust survivor and former French justice minister Simone Veil.