About 80 graves were desecrated in a Jewish cemetery in France. This is the latest anti-Semitic attack in a series of hateful incidents that triggered a protest this year Tuesday.
A Jewish cemetery in a small town in Alsace was destroyed overnight, and the damage was discovered on Tuesday. Officials said swastikas had been struck on several tombs.
The desecration came when the French marched on the streets on Tuesday following other anti-Semitic attacks in recent months, with former French presidents Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy joining the protesters. 19659005] "SPREADING LIKE A POISON: ANTI-SEMITAN ACTIONS IN FRANCE
The French government has shown a sharp increase in anti-Semitism incidents – 541 recorded incidents last year Increase of 74 percent from the 311 registered in 2017.
Last weekend, the police had to intervene to protect the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, after the so-called "Yellow West" mocked the academics with anti-Jewish slander.
Two teenagers were arrested Friday after allegedly firing gunfire in a synagogue with an air rifle in Paris and injuring a Jewish man. The prosecutors allegedly said the motive was anti-Semitism.
A swastika was also found on street portraits of Simone Veil, a survivor of Nazi death camps and a president of the European Parliament who died in 2017.
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Several officials have condemned the recent attacks. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said anti-Semitism in France, according to the BBC, "spreads like poison".
French President Emmanuel Macron also condemned the spread of anti-Semitism in the country.
"Every time a Frenchman is insulted, threatened – or worse, injured or killed – because he or she is a Jew, Macron said at a press conference in Paris  Most mainstream parties take part in the protest against anti-Semitism, while Macron will speak at the annual dinner of the leading Jewish group CRIF.
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Meanwhile, the far-right party of Marine Le Pen is hosting a separate anti-Semitism event.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.