French envoy: Anti-Semitism a problem for whole of France

February 11, 2010 16:54

Anti-Semitism is a problem not just for French Jews but for the entire French republic and the world as a whole, French Ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot said Thursday.

Speaking to reporters at the Tel Aviv seafront, Bigot stressed the importance with which French President Nicolas Sarkozy views anti-Semitism, and outlined measures taken by his administration and that of his predecessor Jacques Chirac to combat the menace, including pushing for tougher legal penalties for acts of racial violence and the appointment of specially-trained judges to handle such cases.

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