French Jews and Muslims announced the formation of a joint commission to defend against attacks on ritual slaughter that one Jewish community leader said is making some Jews question the viability of their futures in France.

The announcement about the establishment of the new body came on June 23 during an joint appearance in the National Assembly, the French parliament, by a Muslim community leader and Joel Mergui, president of the French Consistoire – the community organ responsible for providing religious services. They came to parliament to address lawmakers' questions about ritual slaughter.

Anouar Kbibech, the president of The French Council of the Muslim Faith, said the joint committee will be "tasked with reviewing and working on the challenges common to both religions" in the face of attempts to limit the custom.

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