Racist, anti-Jewish crimes soar in France

9th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 9 (AFP) - The number of racist and anti-Jewish acts in France is rising sharply, with more recorded so far this year than for all of 2003, the government announced Friday.

PARIS, July 9 (AFP) - The number of racist and anti-Jewish acts in France is rising sharply, with more recorded so far this year than for all of 2003, the government announced Friday.

The "very strong acceleration" in the number of cases was worrying but would be met with resolve, spokesman Jean-Francois Cope said following a ministerial meeting devoted to the problem.

President Jacques Chirac on Thursday called for the country to make a dramatic effort to combat racism and for tough punishment to meted out to perpetrators of anti-Semitic, xenophobic and homophobic acts.

According to interior ministry statistics reported in Le Figaro newspaper, 95 physical acts and 161 threats of a racist nature have been recorded in the first half of 2004.

There were 135 physical acts and 375 threats of an anti-Jewish nature.

 

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