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French Jewish graves vandalised in Sarre-Union

Vandalised Jewish gravestones in Sarre-Union, Bas-Rhin, France (15 Feb) Image copyright AFP
Image caption These gravestones were knocked over, while others were covered in swastikas

Hundreds of Jewish graves have been desecrated at a cemetery in eastern France, near the border with Germany.

Images on social media showed the gravestones in Sarre-Union daubed with swastikas and Nazi slogans.

On his Twitter feed, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said every effort would be made to catch the perpetrators of an "ignoble and anti-Semitic act, an insult to memory".

Anti-Semitic attacks have risen sharply in France in recent years.

A kosher supermarket in Paris was one of the sites targeted by Islamist gunmen in a series of attacks last month which left 17 people dead.

A special investigative team is at the cemetery in Sarre-Union, the French news agency AFP reports, quoting Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

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