The French bishops’ conference has condemned rising anti-Semitism in the country, as official data showed a massive increase of attacks, prompting new government measures.
The conference president, Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseille, wrote to France’s chief rabbi, Haim Korsia, on 20th February.
‘Attacks from seemingly religious motives on our fellow citizens are unacceptable; we stand beside you in struggling against every manifestation of hatred,’ Archbishop Pontier said in his letter.
‘Our society cannot find peace unless it supports a constructive dialogue among all its members. May we never resign ourselves to the growth of intolerance and rejection,’ he said.
In Paris, on 19th February, some 20,000 people rallied against anti-Semitism, prompting President Emmanuel Macron to announce new measures against extremism.
Mgr Olivier Dumas, conference secretary-general, called on all political parties and faith groups to “show solidarity with Jews” and condemn attacks on religious targets.
Picture: People attend a national gathering in Paris on 19th February, to protest the rise of anti-Semitic attacks. The placards read: ‘No to the trivialization of hatred’. (CNS photo/Gonzalo Fuentes, Reuters).