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French Jews consider moving to Israel

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The Hyper Cacher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris
The Hyper Cacher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris Reuters/Yves Herman

After the attacks in Paris on Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in early January, France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls said "France would no longer be France without its Jews". Following last weekend’s desecration of a Jewish cemetery in Alsace, President François Hollande has said the republic would protect French Jews with "all its strength". But a growing minority of France’s estimated half million Jews, the largest community in Europe, see their future elsewhere, and notably in Israel. 

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