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Sharp rise in anti-Semitic acts in France, says PM Philippe

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Anti-semitism is on the rise in France, with a jump in anti-Semitic incidents in the first nine months of this year, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said Friday.

“Despite decreasing for the past two years, the number of [anti-Semitic] acts has risen by more than 69 percent in the first nine months of 2018,” Philippe wrote on Facebook.

On the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass — a mass outbreak of violence against Jews in Nazi Germany when hundreds of synagogues were torched and dozens killed — the head of the French government warned “we are very far from being done with anti-Semitism.”

“Every act of aggression perpetrated against one of our fellow citizens because he or she is Jewish rings out like the sound of glass being broken,” he wrote.

Although Philippe did not specify how many acts had been committed this year, Le Monde said there had been 311 anti-Semitic incidents in 2017.

Philippe said the government would trial a new dedicated network of investigators and magistrates to fight hate crimes and would instal a permanent national team in the education ministry to tackle anti-Semitism in schools.

In one high-profile case in March, 85-year-old Jewish Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll was killed at her home in Paris.

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