Hundreds of Jewish graves were defaced in a cemetery in Sarre-Union, France, in what the country’s interior minister is calling “a despicable act.”
“We express the strongest condemnation of the desecration of hundreds of graves in a Jewish cemetery,” Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a news release about Thursday’s vandalism.
The cemetery attack in France comes after two high-profile acts of violence against Jews in Europe. Following last month’s attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine, a gunman killed four Jews in a kosher supermarket in Paris. Over the weekend, a gunman attacked a free speech forum in Copenhagen before shooting several people outside a synagogue.
CNN’s Margot Haddad contributed to this report.