Nearly 100 graves in a Jewish cemetery in Alsace, France have been desecrated with swastikas. Anti-Semitism has been on the rise in France for years. Statistics published last week showed a rise of 74% in the number of anti-Semitic attacks in France, from 311 in 2017 to 541 in 2018.
The damage was discovered on Tuesday in Alsace close to France’s border with Germany. Nazi symbols and anti-Semitic slogans were spray-painted on the graves.
Jewish groups have been warning that the rise of the far-right in Europe has been promoting anti-Semitism and hatred of other minority groups.
The attack came ahead of dozens of rallies against anti-Semitism scheduled to take place across France. France has the biggest Jewish community in Europe, about 550,000 people.