PARIS | French government sounds alarm over rising anti-Semitic acts

PARIS | French government sounds alarm over rising anti-Semitic acts

PARIS  — France’s prime minister on Friday sounded the alarm over a sharp rise in anti-Semitic acts this year, pledging to increase efforts to punish perpetrators and police hate speech online.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on his Facebook page a 69 percent rise in the number of anti-Semitic acts reported to police in the first nine months of 2018 compared to the same period last year.

Despite years of government efforts to fight it, “we are very far from having finished with anti-Semitism,” he wrote.

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