Few days before the first round of municipal elections in France, a number of racist and antisemitic slogans have been found scrawled on election posters across the country.
Examples include :
A swastika scratched into a poster of a Jewish candidate, Alexandre Saada, in the Paris suburb of Pré Saint-Gervais. A poster including Jewish candidate Francis Szpiner scrawled with a swastika in Paris’s 16th district. Also in the 16th district, swatikas on a poster for candidate Hanna Sebbah, a swastika on an electoral poster in the northern town of Cherbourg.
In a statement from France’s Internatioal League Against Racism and Antisemitism (LICRA), the organisation called on voters to “refuse to cede to those who spew out their hatred of others.”
“Let’s remind ourselves that everything begins with words. Remind ourselves that stereotypes lead to hatred and that hatred leads to violence. All that is not France and never will be.”