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    France Increases Vigilance at Synagogues in Wake of Pittsburgh Shooting - Report

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    French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that he strongly condemned the act of deadly anti-Semitism in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in which a gunman killed 11 people at a synagogue, AFP reported.

    French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner tweeted Saturday that he told local authorities to "increase vigilance around synagogues" starting Sunday.

    "Anti-Semitism kills and anti-Semitism has no borders. The terrible attack in Pittsburgh is tragic proof," Castaner said.

    According to AFP, France's half-a-million-plus Jewish community is the largest in Europe, but has seen a wave of emigration to Israel over the past two decades, partly due to the emergence of a virulent strain of anti-Semitism in predominantly immigrant Parisian neighborhoods.

    Last year, the Council of Europe Anti-Racism Commission (ECRI) noted its concern about the high level of race-related crime and the rise of hate speech in France, as well as cases of attempted murder, particularly in connection with anti-Semitism.

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    A gunman opened fire on Saturday inside a synagogue in Pittsburgh in the US state of Pennsylvania, killing 11 people and injuring six others, according to US authorities. FBI official Robert Allan Jones said that the suspect was armed with what appeared to be an assault rifle and at least three handguns.

    US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said earlier in the day that the suspect will face charges that could lead to death penalty.

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