Antisemitic Crimes Are ‘Poison Which Undermines Entire Republic,’ Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo Declares at Sarah Halimi Event

Paris Mayor Anne Hildago.

May 26, 2021

Violent antisemitic hate crimes are a “poison which undermines the entire republic,” the mayor of the French capital of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, declared on Monday.

Mayor Hidalgo spoke at the special virtual event “Justice for Sarah Halimi: An International Movement Is Born,” which was co-hosted by the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) and the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM).

This global show of solidarity and strength in the fight against antisemitism featured a distinguished lineup of leaders from the cultural, legal, political, and religious realms, united behind the #JusticeForSarah message.

The Paris mayor decried the attacks that have targeted Jews in France in recent years, and recalled the names of the victims.

“We should remain vigilant everywhere, in Paris and elsewhere,” she said.

Mayor Hidalgo vowed, “You can count on me to make sure that hatred and indifference never have their place in Paris, on our streets, in our neighborhoods, and in our lives, but also in our relations with others.”

She noted that a street in central Paris would be named in honor of Sarah Halimi, the French Jewish woman who was murdered in her apartment by an antisemitic assailant in April 2017.

Mayor Hidalgo’s full remarks can be viewed below: