Strasbourg's city hall announced on Saturday that the memorial stone near the Synagogue du Quai Kléber — the city's main synagogue before World War II — has been vandalised. A memorial to a fire in the old synagogue, which was burnt down by Nazis in 1940, has been broken and pushed from its base. The incident was reported by residents at 9am local time.
Une nvlle fois ds notre ville un acte antisémite 😡— Alain Fontanel (@AlainFontanel) March 2, 2019
La Synagogue #quaiKleber était incendiée par les nazis il y a près de 80 ans
La stèle qui évoque ce drame a été vandalisée cette nuit
Ns faisons tt notre possible avc les forces de police pr que les responsables soient arrêtés pic.twitter.com/QM9QMIhoWO
The police have been to the scene and have launched an investigation into the incident.
First Deputy Mayor Alain Fontanel has lamented the incident as a "new anti-Semitic act in our city".
The French government has reported that anti-Semitism is on rise in the country; last year there were 541 registered incidents, up 74 percent from the 311 registered in 2017.