Around 8,000 French Jews were expected to have arrived over the course of the year, a spokesman for Israel’s immigration ministry told AFP, noting it would be an “all-time record”. Final data for 2015 was not available yet.
France’s Jewish community is estimated at between 500,000 and 600,000 people, the largest in Europe and one of the largest in the world.
In January, after four Jews were murdered in an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an invitation to French and European Jews to emigrate.
French immigration to Israel this year rose by 10 percent compared with 2014, according to the Jewish Agency, a semi-official organisation that oversees Jewish immigration to the country.