File photo of vandalized Jewish graves
Hundreds of graves at a Jewish cemetery in France’s Alsace region were vandalized on Sunday, in what Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has called “a despicable act” against religious freedom and tolerance.
“The country will not tolerate this new injury which goes against the values that all French people share,” said Cazeneuve, without offering further details about the incident in the town of Sarre-Union, near the German border.
“Every effort will be made to identify, question, and bring to justice the person or persons responsible for this ignominious act,” Cazeneuve added. He also urged calm, as many French Jews feel increasingly worried about anti-Semitism one month after an Islamist gunman killed four Jews at a kosher supermarket in Paris.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has also condemned the vandals, calling it “anti-Semitic” and “ignoble” on Twitter.