11:53 GMT25 January 2021
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    Fontainebleau, a town situated about 60km south-east of Paris, is known for its royal palace that once served as a retreat for French kings starting from Louis VII through to Napoleon III.

    Vandals have painted swastikas on dozens of tombstones in the Fontainebleau cemetery, according to  Frédéric Valletoux, the town's mayor, as quoted by AFP.

    "Sixty-seven old or more recent gravestones were vandalised with swastikas in pink, white and silver," Valletoux told AFP.

    Besides swastikas, some of the defaced tombstones had words "Biobananas" and "Charles" inscribed on them.

    ​At the same time, the town's Jewish cemetery placed right next to the main cemetery appeared to be untouched by the vandals. 

    Last year, Israeli Minister of Construction and Housing Major-General Yoav Galant called on the Jewish people in France to move to Israel to escape the rise of anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish cemeteries. 

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    Vandalism, Swastikas, tombstone, France
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