The French prime minister referred to a new Night of Broken Glass & # 39; throughout France when he announced that anti-Semitic actions have increased by 69 percent this year.
Edouard Philippe made the claim on the 80th anniversary of the pogroms of November 1938 in Germany when the Nazi's attacked Jewish companies and synagogues.
"Any aggression against one of our fellow citizens because he is Jewish sounds like a new glass tear", said Philippe in a Facebook post.
The French president Emmanuel Macron visits the Ring of Memory & # 39; WWI monument in northern France, because this week caused indignation by claiming that Vichy France leader and Nazi assistant Philippe Petain was a WWI hero
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe leaves a Cabinet meeting in northern France on 7 November
Although Mr. Philippe has not pointed out certain acts of physical violence, he made it clear that online hate crimes and related offenses have increased considerably this year.
Referring specifically to Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass – said Mr. Philippe: "Why remember, in 2018, so" s painful memory?
& # 39; Because we are not finished with anti-Semitism yet. While [anti-Semitism] has been declining for two years, the number of these transactions has increased by more than 69% in the first nine months of 2018. & # 39;
Kristallnacht took place in November 1938 and concerned the establishment of Jewish companies and synagogues by Nazi paramilitaries and civilians.
It was the Night of Broken Glass, when Jewish shop windows were destroyed and synagogues set on fire.
Mr. Philippe said that he would not let anything go wrong with regard to anti-Semitism & # 39; and that new measures included a limitation of cyber hate crimes.
A change in the law will strengthen the fight against online anti-Semitism, while a new Ministry of Education will fight against Jewish hatred in schools.
The government of Mr. Philippe also experiments with a network of investigators and magistrates specifically trained in the fight against hate crimes & # 39;
These will focus on all forms of discrimination, including hate speech against other vulnerable religious communities including Muslims.
Anti-Semitic acts fell by 50 percent in 2016, according to figures from the government, and then by another 7 per in 2017.
But more than 500 complaints have already been reported in 2018, representing a rise of 69 percent.
Krist Kristallnacht & # 39 ;, or the night of broken glass, was an attack on Jewish companies and synagogues carried out by Nazi paramilitaries and civilians in November 1938
Many are related to Israel, with French Jews often complaining that they often suffer damage because of their links with the Middle East and the conflict with Palestine.
France has a long history of anti-Semitism and many say it remains institutionally racist.
President Emmanuel Macron induced indignation this week by referring to the Nazi collaborator Marshall Philippe Petain as a "great soldier".
Petain led the French forces to victory during the First World War, but then led the pro-German Vichy regime, which led thousands of Jews to concentration camps where they were murdered.
Pétain is still honored, among others by some members of the historically notorious anti-Semitic National Rally (NR) party.
The NR – formerly called the Front National – is led by Marine Le Pen and has seen a wave of support since it became runner-up and became head of state in 2017.