French Muslim leaders boycott Jewish event in Paris over ‘violence’ remark

French President François Hollande outlined a plan to fight anti-Semitism Monday at a Jewish council event that was boycotted by Muslim leaders after the council’s president said young Muslims were behind “all” the violent crime in France.

Speaking at the annual dinner of the Jewish umbrella group, Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France (CRIF) — a major event on the French political calendar — Hollande called for “faster and more effective sanctions” against racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia. The French president’s comments came as his government prepares to unveil a plan to fight hate crimes next month.

The CRIF annual dinner was meant to provide a platform for Hollande to highlight his government’s plan to crack down on hate crimes. But the president’s address was overshadowed by a major row, which broke out between France’s leading Jewish and Muslim organisations.

Shortly before the CRIF dinner began, France’s largest Muslim organisation, the French Muslim Council (CFCM), announced that it was boycotting the event following comments by CRIF president Roger Cukierman that young Muslims were the cause of all violent crimes in France…