French President Emmanuel Macron has formally accepted that the murder of Jewish DJ Sebastien Sellam in 2003 was an antisemitic act.

In a letter addressed to the MP Meyer Habib, Macron said that the recent “odious” murder of Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll had “revived the memory of this young French man who was killed by the darkest strikes of fanatism.”

The antisemitic motive behind the crime was not recognised by the court at the time because it did not yet exist in French law.

“I am determined to fight against these attacks against our Jewish co-citizens who are targetted because of their faith, “Macron wrote in the letter to Habib. “I can assure you that you wil always find me on the side of those who are targeted by antisemitic violence.”