Anti-Semitism is on the rise in France

By Jax Jacobsen | Religion News Service

PARIS (RNS) — Anti-Semitic acts in France increased by 74 percent last year, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced last month, calling the spread of anti-Semitism a “poison” that “rots minds.”

These acts included an attack on an 8-year-old schoolboy wearing a kippah and the murder of Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll, who was stabbed and burned in her apartment.

Her killing prompted demonstrations against anti-Semitism throughout the country.