Some 107 graves were defaced with swastikas and anti-Semitic symbols at a Jewish cemetery in Westhoffen, near Strasbourg, on Wednesday.
Footage shows swastikas and the number ’14,’ a symbol used by white supremacist groups, daubed on graves.
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who visited the cemetery, described the incident as “a very dangerous behaviour” and “an insult to the memory of those who are buried here.”
An investigation into the incident has been launched. According to Castaner, France is to set up a national office to fight against anti-religious hate crimes following the incident.
The Jewish community in France is estimated at around 550,000 people, which is the largest one in Europe. In 2018, France witnessed a 74-per cent increase in the number of anti-Semitic attacks.
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