French government launches consultations on fighting anti-Semitism

France has launched consultations to fight anti-Semitism – inviting the heads of religious groups as well as anti-discrimination NGOs to share their experiences and discuss ways to tackle increasing hostility against Jewish people.

The French ministry that deals with discrimination said the aim of Monday's consultations was to define a common base of national values against anti-Semitism.

“When we see the unfortunate volume of anti-Semitic acts, we think the whole of society must wake up,” Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Minister Aurore Bergé told French TV news channel BFMTV, referring to a “terrifying resurgence”.

Bergé is the official tasked with bringing together the heads of anti-discrimination groups, including the Jewish students' union UEJF and anti-racist groups Licra and SOS Racisme, and representatives of the six main religions.

The consultations were announced in March as a response to a column published by the NGO Nous Vivrons (We Will Live) in which 70 well-known people called on candidates for the upcoming EU elections to commit themselves to the fight against anti-Semitism.

No political leader will be present at the consultations.

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