This file picture dated August 09, 1982 shows firemen and a rescuers in the rue des Rosiers after the French-Jewish delicatessen restaurant Jo Goldenberg was attacked in Paris by gunmen. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON
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Racist speech has become "commonplace" in France including amongs some politicians, the Council of Europe said Tuesday, raising concerns over the growth of racist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic violence."Hate speech, by becoming commonplace in the public sphere, remains a subject of concern," said Thorbjorn Jagland, the rights watchdog's secretary general.He spoke as the group's Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) issued a new report showing a 14-percent surge in racist violence in France between 2012 and 2014, including a 36-percent rise in anti-Semitic attacks.
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