- Over 800 antisemitic markings have been recorded in France since October 7
Shocking video shows the moment commuters on the Paris metro began an antisemitic chant, shouting ‘f*** the Jews… long live Palestine… we are Nazis and proud’.
The 16-second clip captures the astonishment of one commuter filming as a group go back and forth with the chant.
It comes as French prosecutors open an investigation into a surge of instances of Stars of David being graffitied onto buildings across the capital and its suburbs.
France has seen more antisemitic attacks, ranging from graffiti to physical abuse and death threats, in the last three weeks than in the past year.
Pictured: The shock as some commuters chanted ‘we are Nazis and proud’ on the Paris metro
France has seen a spike in antisemitism, according to the Interior Minister
The video shared on TikTok captures the reaction of a commuter on the Paris metro hearing what appears to be a group singing and antisemitic chant.
The group alternate, repeating the lines ‘f*** the Jews and f*** your mother.
‘Long live Palestine, yeah yeah.
‘F*** the Jews and the grandmothers.’
The person filming is especially shocked as the group continue: ‘We are Nazis and proud’ before the clip cuts.
In recent weeks, a number of horrifying reports have detailed the extent of antisemitism in France following Hamas’ incursion into Israel from Gaza in October.
Outside a stadium in Carcassonne, in the southwest, one instance of graffiti said: ‘Killing Jews is a duty’.
Around 60 Stars of David were painted on walls in the 14th arrondissement of Paris on Monday night, prompting the mayor to say in a statement the acts ‘recall the events of the 1930s… which led to the extermination of millions of Jews’.
Human Rights Watch warns that the response of European nations to the hostilities in the Southern Levant since October 7 are ‘having harmful effects on human rights in Europe’.
‘The authorities in European countries have a responsibility to make sure that everyone is safe and protected from violence and discrimination,’ said Benjamin Ward, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
‘It’s also important for the authorities to protect people’s right to peaceful protest and expression and ensure that governments’ security responses to violence don’t harm rights.’
France is home to a large Jewish community of around 500,000 – the largest outside of Israel and the United States.
Many live alongside Muslim communities, emigrating to France since the 1950s and 1960s.
France was the first European nation to emancipate its Jewish populations during the French Revolution, at the end of the 18th century.
Human Rights Watch acknowledge reports of rising Islamophobia and antisemitism in Europe
A man walks by Stars of David tagged on a wall Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023 in Paris. Paris police chief Laurent Nunez described the graffiti as anti-Semitic and said police are investigating
French media reported instances of Stars of David being graffitied onto homes in France
Reforms were extended under the reign of Emperor Napoleon, granting Jews legal equality and ending their restriction to ghettos, their slavery in Malta and opening France to Europe’s Jewish diaspora.
However, antisemitism reared its head towards the end of the century, culminating in the infamous Dreyfus Affair, one of the most notable examples of antisemitism and the miscarriage of justice in the Francophone world.
French collaborators also worked with the Nazis under the Vichy regime from 1940.
Jews were expelled from certain regions, banned from jobs, detained in special camps and in some cases lost their French nationality.