The crowd, which law enforcement attempted to prevent from gathering, raised chants critical of Israel and French president Emmanuel macron.
People voiced their concern about the perceived infringement of their civil rights, highlighting the importance of freedom of expression and protest. Residents are feeling the tension, as France, home to Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish communities, often sees domestic tensions rise with the middle east conflict.
The unrest has led to the implementation of increased police protection at Jewish sites, including schools and synagogues. The situation has also escalated to the point where more than 20 people have been arrested over antisemitic acts.