French PM says antisemitic acts in country up 69% this year
Antisemitic acts in France rose by 69 percent in the first nine months of 2018, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Friday, the 80th anniversary of the infamous “Kristallnacht” of Nazi attacks against Jews.
“Every aggression perpetrated against one of our citizens because they are Jewish echoes like the breaking of new crystal,” Philippe wrote on Facebook, referring to the start of the Nazi drive to wipe out Jews on November 9, 1938, also known as the Night of Broken Glass.
“Why recall, in 2018, such a painful memory? Because we are very far from being finished with antisemitism,” he said, calling the number of acts “relentless.”
After a record year in 2015, the total number of antisemitic acts, including nonviolent ones, fell by 58% in 2016 and went down a further 7% last year, despite there being an increase in the number of violent acts.
In his Facebook post, Philippe quoted Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel as saying that “the real danger, my son, is indifference,” pledging that the French government would not be indifferent.