A police investigation is underway after a mailbox at a synagogue in Western France was found riddled with bullet holes on December 2, according to a report Monday by French-language news site Paris-Normandie. Bullet holes were also discovered in the synagogue’s exterior on November 28.
Over 800 anti-Semitic incidents were reported in 2015 by France’s Society for the Protection for the Jewish Community (SPCJ), according to Jewish Telegraphic Agency. French Jews have begun leaving the country in record numbers, emigrating mainly to Israel, due to rising anti-Semitism and the threat of terror attacks. In January 2015, four Jews were murdered by terrorist Amedy Coulibaly in the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris. That month also saw the murder of 12 people in a terror attack on the office of satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
According to Jewish Telegraphic Agency, at least 12,000 police and military have been deployed by the French government to provide security, in some cases around-the-clock, to synagogues and Jewish community buildings.