'No Jew in France is safe any more'


In the wake of the terrorist acts earlier this month that left 17 people dead, including four Jews at a kosher supermarket in Paris, and after the extraordinary public marches that followed them, Mediapart met with five key Jewish figures in France. They are all past or present heads of the influential Jewish students organisation the Union des étudiants juifs de France and spoke frankly about their views on the rise in anti-Semitism in France, their dismay at the “indifference” of many French people to previous attacks on Jews in the country, and their pride at the mass demonstrations of January 11th. Carine Fouteau reports.

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Among the 17 victims of the terror attacks in Paris on January 7th, 8th and 9th were four Jews gunned down at a kosher supermarket in the porte de Vincennes area of east Paris. Since then the leaders of Jewish community groups in France have spoken out about the fear and suffering felt by many Jews in France and about what they see as the indifference - and in some cases the hostility - of parts of French society to their plight over the last decade amid a series of earlier high-profile attacks.