French President Hollande: Anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim acts threaten France

2015-02-22 05:12:40 | Al Muslim News
French President Hollande: Anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim acts threaten France


French President Francois Hollande warned that the increasing number of acts against Jewish people and Muslims threatens the country's very foundations as he visited a graveyard desecrated by vandals, in the small Alsatian town of Sarre-Union in the east of France. Speaking after walking around the vandalized graveyard, the President noted that anti-Semitism and acts against Muslims are both on the rise in France, particularly after terrorist attacks last month in Paris on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket that left 20 people dead, including the three gunmen. He said that anti-Semitic acts doubled in 2014 compared with 2013, and acts against Muslims in just the month after the attacks totalled the same as the entire last year. He promised firmness in searching down and prosecuting those who carry out anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic or racist acts. Hollande's remarks follow a report on France released by the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner Nils Muiznieks. The upward trend was part of an overall rise in racism in France, which indicates that acts of discrimination and hate speech are resisting government efforts to beat back persistent intolerance..

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