France’s Jewish community is reeling after yet another anti-Semitic attack on a cemetery. Nearly 100 tombs were desecrated at a Jewish graveyard near the eastern city of Strasbourg. It is the third such attack in the space of six months. Nazi inscriptions and swastikas were discovered by police on patrol in Brumath.
French President Jacques Chirac has condemned the desecration. A report earlier this month described the wave of anti-Semitic attacks in France as a “new and extremely worrying social factor.” The country is home to Europe’s biggest Jewish and Islamic communities and there have also been similar attacks on Muslim burial sites in the Alsace region that borders Germany. An investigation into this latest desecration is underway, with the French authorities pledging to bring those responsible to justice.