Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Authorities in eastern France said Tuesday they had found 107 tombs desecrated with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans in a Jewish graveyard near the German border.
The vandalism in the town of Westhoffen, west of the city of Strasbourg, was found hours after a comparable assault on another Jewish burial ground in the close by town of Schaffhouse-sur-Zorn.
French President Emmanuel Macron visited the cemetery, in a village near Strasbourg, telling community leaders: "It's important for me to be here with you today."
France has the biggest Jewish community in Europe, with approximately 550,000 people.
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner denounced the "egregious demonstrations" on Twitter, adding that everything was being done to guarantee the miscreants are dealt with.
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