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August 29, 2012 9:16 am

Anti-Semitic Attacks in France up 40% Since March, Month of Jewish School Shooting

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Police vehicle in France. Photo: wiki commons.

French Jews have seen an uptick of 40 percent in anti-Semitic attacks since March, when Islamist terrorist Mohammed Merah killed three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse, Reuters reported.

According to Simon Wiesenthal Center Dean Abraham Cooper, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls confirmed in a meeting that “there was an increase of 40 percent in anti-Semitic and anti-Jewish crimes in France” after Merah’s murder, which was inspired by al-Qaida.

Cooper, who told Reuters that the increase in anti-Semitism is “shocking” because “the French authorities on both sides of the political aisle did exactly the right thing immediately after [the] Toulouse [attack],” said he asked Valls to implement further measures ensuring the security of French Jewry.

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