A mural mear the French town of Perpignan painted by children on their way to Nazi death camps was destroyed by unknown vandals in an act of disgusting hatred.
Local authorities are in the process of building a memorial to all Rivesaltes’s prisoners, where the fresco was to be displayed. The interior minister, Dominique de Villepin, expressed his "indignation" at this "new attack on the memory of the children of the Holocaust".
Jewish groups and politicians have been saying for months that anti-Semitism is on the rise in France. Last week, the justice minister, Dominique Perben said 180 anti-Semitic acts had been recorded since the beginning of the year.
In 80 per cent of cases, the perpetrators have not been brought to justice. M Perben called for a "firmer, more dissuasive judicial response" to what he described as a "cancer".
Such is the dismay of France’s Jewish population that 30,000 French Jews are considering emigrating to Israel.
Under the circumstances, who could blame them?