France’s interior minister Gerald Darmanin visited a synagogue ahead of Yom Kippur, on Sunday, promising to protect France’s Jewish community from extremists after a double stabbing in Paris that was blamed on Islamic terrorism.
Darmanin visited a synagogue ahead of the evening start of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, and assured that more than 7,000 police and soldiers were protecting Jewish services across France, in order to prevent any untoward incidences from happening on a holy day.
Comprising of Europe’s largest Jewish community, France has seen frequent acts of extremism against the Jewish community, with a recent double stabbing that took place outside the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdoon, this past Friday.
Over the past three years, France’s intelligence services have intercepted and prevented at least 32 potential terrorist attacks. Nefarious Islamic terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo’s Paris newsroom and a kosher supermarket in January 2015 killed 17 people, and Friday’s stabbing was most likely the result of the trials of those attacks taking place.
The trial of those charged in the Paris Hypercacher murders began last month against 14 radical Islamists, whom prosecutors say had been involved in the slaying of 12 people at Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, a deadly attack on a police officer, and the killing of four Jews at Hyper Cacher during a three-day spree in January 2015.
Talking to reporters outside the synagogue on Friday, Darmanin stated, “I came to assure … members of France’s Jewish community of the protection of the state. Because we know that Jews are particularly targeted by Islamist attacks and we should obviously protect them.”
Arresting several suspects on Friday, reports have suggested that one of the possible perpetrators of the stabbing told investigators that he was targeting Charlie Hebdo after it recently republished caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.