Anti-Semitic acts in France rose by 69% in the 1st 9 months of 2018, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Friday, as Jews in Europe and around the world marked the 80th anniversary of the infamous "Kristallnacht" Nazi pogrom against Jews.
"Every aggression perpetrated against one of our citizens because they're Jewish echoes like the breaking of new crystal," Philippe wrote on Facebook, referring to the start of the Nazi drive to wipe out Jews on November 9, 1938, also known as the Night of Broken Glass, according to AFP.
"Why recall, in 2018, such a painful memory? Because we're very far from being finished with anti-Semitism," he said, calling the number of acts "relentless".
After a record year in 2015, anti-Semitic acts fell by 58% in 2016 and went down a further 7% last year, however there was an increase in violent acts targeting Jews.
The government plans to toughen rules on hate speech online next year, pressuring social media giants to do more to remove racist and anti-Semitic content