French President Francois Hollande said the country would protect its Jews against rising anti-Semitism.
"Jews are at home in France, it's the anti-Semites who have no place in the republic," Hollande said Monday night at the annual dinner of CRIF, the country's Jewish umbrella organization. "In protecting its Jews, the republic is protecting itself."
With some 500,000 Jews, France has the highest Jewish population in a European country. Last month, four Jews were killed in a terrorist attack by an Islamist gunman on a kosher market in the Paris area, and earlier this month, an Islamist gunman shot and killed a volunteer Jewish security guard outside the main synagogue in Copenhagen.