French police have arrested five teenagers after more than 200 tombs were damaged in a Jewish cemetery near the northeastern city of Strasbourg.
In response, the French President Francois Hollande said: Anti-semitic acts cannot be tolerated in our country. Nothing like this will be tolerated. And nothing like this will be left unanswered.”
Jacques Wolff, a Jewish community representative said: “It is better to kill stones rather than human being, but killing stones is a way to alienate the human beings by telling them this is not their place anymore.
France has deployed some 10,000 military personnel to protect public sites and announced that it is also hired thousands more in its intelligence sector.