As anti-semitism rises in France, Macron’s government struggles to respond

Although authorities have not named suspects in these recent incidents, their coincidence with a weekend “gilet jaune,” or “yellow vest,” demonstration raised fears about the real motivations of a protest movement that regularly decries high finance, the media and Macron, who formerly worked at the investment bank Rothschild, a favorite target of anti-Semitic vitriol.

In the past, a number of yellow vest protesters have been caught on camera making anti-Semitic gestures and saying that journalists “work for the Jews.” In December, a small group of protesters harangued a Holocaust survivor on the Paris metro.

This weekend, concerns about anti-Semitism within the yellow vest movement grew more acute after protesters surrounded prominent French Jewish intellectual Alain Finkielkraut as he got out of a taxi near his home in Paris on Saturday.