French leader warns of rise in anti-semitism

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PARIS — Prime Min­is­ter Edouard Philippe sounded the alarm Fri­day over a sharp rise in anti­semitic acts this year, and he pledged to in­crease ef­forts to pun­ish per­pe­tra­tors and to po­lice hate speech.

Philippe an­nounced on his Face­book page a 69 per­cent rise in the num­ber of anti­semitic acts re­ported to po­lice in the first nine months of 2018 com­pared with the same pe­riod last year.

Resur­gent anti­semitism is of na­tional con­cern in a coun­try with Eu­rope’s largest Jewish pop­u­la­tion and which still strug­gles with the stain of col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Nazis.

“There’s this feel­ing that some­thing has opened up, a gate­way to in­tol­er­ance and hate,” said rabbi and re­searcher Del­phine Horvilleur. “Words kill. It starts with words and very quickly they turn into acts.”

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