French envoy: French Jewry robust despite deadly attack

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
June 27, 2012 22:32




The Jewish community of France --the third largest in the world-- remains robust despite the deadly attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse earlier this year, a French envoy told a Knesset panel on Wednesday.

Speaking to the Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee, French Ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot said the disturbing shooting carried out by a French national with links to Al Qaida has not managed to undermine the overall sense of security that the roughly 600,000 Jews in his country feel. Nonetheless, he said his government has increased spending on securing Jewish institutions in response to the murder of the three Jewish children and a Jewish teacher.

"We have invested 500,000 euro to bolster security of Jewish institutions in the country," he said.

MK Daniel Ben-Simon (Labor), who participated in the debate, said diplomatic relations between the Jewish State and France were better than ever.


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