French Jews were outraged in mid-October by the case of a man who spray painted more than 20 swastikas along the rue du Rovili in the heart of Paris. The Paris prosecutor’s office refused to link the incident to antisemitism, claiming that because the vandalism did not specifically deface a historically “Jewish building,” the vandal could not be charged with Jew-hatred.
Quote: “French Jews continued to react furiously on Thursday to the announcement from the Paris public prosecutor’s office that antisemitic provocation was not among the charges facing a man who allegedly sprayed series of large red swastikas along the French capital’s landmark Rue de Rivoli last weekend.”
Sources: Algemeiner.com, The Jerusalem Post
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“Something is not right in the functioning of justice. The Minister of the Interior himself denounces the tags as Nazi’s, but the prosecution does not retain any aggravating circumstances in the matter, considering that swastikas are not Nazi,” LICRA declared in a tweet.