An Analysis of the Resurgence of Anti-Semitism in France

Journal of Diplomatic Language, p. 4, 2004

40 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2009

Date Written: February 4, 2009


In many parts of the world, we witness an increase of anti-Semitic expression and violence, fuelled by the international context. In France, the country with the largest Jewish community in Europe, the resurgence of anti-Semitism has been particularly acute and reached its peak in October 2000 with the beginning of the Second Intifada.

This paper proposes to study this phenomenon throughout - a description of the nature and the dimension of the resurgence of anti-Semitism - an examination of the national, regional and international response to anti-Semitism and - an assessment of its efficiency. This study shows that while the resurgence of anti-Semitism in France is tightly linked to the international context, the situation is also a reflection of some deep-rooted problems within French Society.

This study concludes that while the legal machinery has been successful in establishing a moral rejection of anti-Semitism, in the case of France, social change is also required.

Keywords: anti-semitism, France, human rights

Suggested Citation

Bacquet, Sylvie, An Analysis of the Resurgence of Anti-Semitism in France (February 4, 2009). Journal of Diplomatic Language, p. 4, 2004, Available at SSRN:

Sylvie Bacquet (Contact Author)

University of Westminster ( email )

4 Little Titchfield Street
London, England W1W 7UW
United Kingdom

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