Paris hit with wave of Anti-Semitic Vandalism

Swastikas drawn on postboxes alongside images of Holocaust survivor Simone Veil
Paris hit with wave of Anti-Semitic Vandalism

Authorities in Paris have launched an investigation after anti-Semitic graffiti was found Saturday sprayed across a bagel shop in the city's old Jewish quarter.

French police are investigating after swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti were found in several locations in Paris, authorities said Monday.

Portraits of Holocaust survivor and French politician Simone Veil were tagged with swastikas and graffiti reading "Macron Jews' bitch" and "Jewish Sow," were found in different locations.

Frédéric Potier, a government official in charge of fighting hate crimes, said on Twitter that he had alerted police and the prosecutor's office in the French capital.

The word "Juden," which is German for Jews, was discovered on the glass window of a Bagelstein chain as anti-government protesters and police forces clashed in other parts of the French capital.

"The filthiest anti-Semitism in the streets of the city of light," government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said on Twitter.

The French League against Racism and Anti-Semitism showed a photograph of the bagel shop graffiti alongside a photo of a Berlin shop in 1938 Germany that was marked in a similar way.

"Anti-Semitic tags in the heart of Paris this weekend, to the point of nausea. When the hatred of Jews overlaps with the hatred of democracy, the vocabulary of the #fascosphere [the sphere of the fascists] is found on the walls!"

On Sunday, the Bagelstein bagel shop in the 4th arrondissement filed a complaint after the word "Juden" (German for Jew) was sprayed on its front window in yellow spray-paint, recalling the identifying stars Jews were forced to wear during the Nazi occupation.

Gilles Abecassis, a co-founder of the Bagelstein chain, said similar graffiti had been made on other windows fronts.

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