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Jewish gravestones desecrated with swastikas and anti-Semitic tags in eastern France

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A top official of the region, Jean-Luc Marx, condemned “in the strongest possible terms this awful anti-Semitic act and sends his complete support to the Jewish community which has been targeted again,” the statement added.

French President Emmanuel Macron was expected to travel to the cemetery to inspect the damage Tuesday, before visiting the Paris Holocaust memorial, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.

STRASBOURG—Swastikas and anti-Semitic tags have been found daubed over 80 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France on Tuesday on the day of nationwide marches against a rise in anti-Semitic attacks.

The damage was discovered at a cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim, close to the border with Germany in the Alsace region, police said.

It’s  the latest shocking incident of anti-Semitism in France.

According to authorities around 80 graves in total were vandalised with anti-Semitic graffiti and swastika symbols.

Photos show the Nazi symbols in blue spray-painted on the damaged graves, one of which bears the words “Elsassisches Schwarzen Wolfe” (“Black Alsacian Wolves), a separatist group with links to neo-Nazis in the 1970s.

A top official of the region, Jean-Luc Marx, condemned “in the strongest possible terms this awful anti-Semitic act and sends his complete support to the Jewish community which has been targeted again,” the statement added.

French President Emmanuel Macron was expected to travel to the cemetery to inspect the damage Tuesday, before visiting the Paris Holocaust memorial, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.

Local MP Sylvain Waserman said he was left “disgusted” and “furious” after hearing of the vandalism.

The incident comes on the day mass rallies were organised in Paris and other French cities to denounce a flare-up of anti-Semitic acts.

“This is the response to the national wake-up call we urged last week,” said Francis Kalifat, president of  CRIF, the  umbrella group of French Jewish organisations.

He was referring to a spate of anti-Jewish vandalism and graffiti discovered in and around Paris in the days following another Saturday of yellow vest protests.

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