Jews leaving France amid 'anti-Semitic climate'

Almost 5,000 people have left the country in the first 8 months of 2014

05 September, 14:26

    A walk in the Marais, the historic Jewish neighbourhood of Paris A walk in the Marais, the historic Jewish neighbourhood of Paris

    (ANSAmed)- PARIS - More Jews have left France for Israel in the first eight months of 2014 than any other country, a leading Jewish group told AFP on Friday. Almost 5,000 people have reportedly left France for the Jewish State so far this year.

    Ariel Kandel, who heads the French office of the Jewish Agency for Israel, told AFP that the number of people who chose to leave for Israel - or 'aliyah' as emigration to Israel is called by Jews - could reach 5,500 people in 2014.

    ''France is today the leading country for Jewish emigration to Israel'', he said, citing data from the Israeli integration ministry. ''It has never been before''.

    Anti-Semitism and the difficult economic situation in France were cited by Kandel among reasons to emigrate. (ANSAmed)

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