The Central Consistory of France, the body that represents French Jewry in matters of religion, has announced that the city of Paris will soon dedicate a square to Jerusalem.
“I would like to thank the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, the Paris Council and the 17th Arrondissement Council for their decision to establish a Jerusalem Square in Paris,” the President of the Consistory Joel Mergui said.
The proposal of devoting a square of the city to Jerusalem was advanced by the Consistory on the occasion of the visit of Israeli president Reuven Rivlin.
“In this sad period of the return of racist and antisemitic acts, recalling the ties that unite the City of Paris and the Jewish Community is essential,” Hidalgo wrote in a letter to Mergui on May 15. “For this reason, your proposal of devoting a square to Jerusalem in the capital seems very sensible, also in order to remember the friendship and the unity between the City of Paris and the State of Israel,” she added.