French Society ‘Under Stress’ From Islamist Terror, Says Jewish Community President on Third Anniversary of ‘Hyper Cacher’ Siege in Paris

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By Ben Cohen.. As France marked the third anniversary of the Hyper Cacher supermarket siege in eastern Paris on Tuesday (January 9, 2018), the head of the country’s Jewish community emphasized that French Jews were no longer isolated in their fear of Islamist terror. “French society is under stress,” Francis Kalifat — president of CRIF, the French Jewish communal body — told The Algemeiner in a wide-ranging interview. [Photo top right: CRIF President Francis Kalifat (r) with prominent French imam Hassen Chalghoumi at a Paris ceremony on the first anniversary of the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks. Photo: Reuters / Philippe Wojazer].  French Jews continue to feel in the “forefront” of the threats posed by terrorism and religious extremism, Kalifat said — a point brutally underlined as the Hyper Cacher anniversary fell on Tuesday morning, when two adjacent kosher stores in a shopping mall that had been vandalized with swastikas only last week were firebombed – “but the risk is shared by their compatriots.”

In January 2015, three days of Islamist terror that began on Wednesday, January 7 with the massacre of ten people at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo culminated on Friday, January 9 with French police confronting a double siege. At one location, a print works near Paris, security forces surrounded and eventually shot dead Said and Cherif Kouachi, the two brothers who executed the Charlie Hebdo outrage. At the second location, a kosher supermarket in the eastern Paris neighborhood of Porte de Vincennes, a 32-year-old Islamist gunman named Amedy Coulibaly took nineteen people hostage. Read the full story.

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