Anti-semitism in France

Anti-Semitism in contemporary France is increasingly hiding under the guise of anti-Zionism or political opposition to Israel, according to a study on modern anti-Semitism in France. Traditional rightwing anti-Semitism, the study notes, “has been seriously diminished” although it still plays an occasional role, mainly in attacking prominent Jewish personalities.

“The real danger, nowadays, stems from certain leftist groups for whom the State of Israel is the root of all evil,” according to the report which also warned that renewed tension in the Middle East could exacerbate this phenomenon. The study pointed out that “new right” elements have also contributed to the spread of anti-Semitism by trying to deny the Holocaust, or minimizing its horrors or of finding excuses for wartime collaboration with the Nazis.

The study was conducted by the CERAC, a Jewish research center in Paris which is sponsored by the World Jewish Congress’ Institute of Jewish Affairs in London, the French branch of the WJC, the Representative Council of Major French Jewish Organizations (CRIF), and the Federation of Jewish Welfare Funds (FSJU).

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