Jewish World: On the Move

Tens of thousands of French Jews have moved homes in the past 15 years due to hostility by local Arabs, but also because of the amazing upward mobility of once-penniless Sephardi Jews.

By BERNARD EDINGER
January 5, 2016 11:53
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls delivers a speech at the Nazareth synagogue in Paris ahead of Rosh Hashanah in September. (photo credit: BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)

Entire communities of French Jews have emptied out of multi-racial neighborhoods in the past 15 years, with many people leaving the country, including to Israel, where immigrants from France are now the single largest group arriving in the Jewish state.

Even more, however, have switched residences within France itself, with brandnew communities springing up in affluent areas like Paris’s elegant 17th arrondissement (district), which now boasts no fewer than 29 kosher restaurants, delis and bakeries.

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