Sharp rise in French Jews leaving for Israel

French Jewish Defense League activists demonstrate in Paris, 2011

The number of French Jews emigrating to Israel rose nearly four-fold in the first quarter of the year and could touch a record in 2014, a Jewish organization said Monday.

The Jewish Agency for Israel, a global body responsible for the immigration and absorption of Jews into Israel, said 1,407 people left France for Israel between January and March against 353 people a year earlier.

“This phenomenon is speeding up” said Ariel Kandel, the head of the Jewish Agency’s French chapter.

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