PARIS — French police said Thursday they had launched an investigation after anti-Semitic graffiti was scrawled on the door of a Paris apartment building.
“Jewish scum live here,” read the graffiti, on a building in the 18th arrondissement in the north of the capital. “Notably on the third floor,” it added on the other side of the door, above a drawing of a target.
A photo of the graffiti was circulating on Twitter Thursday, and a woman living in the building filed a formal complaint with the police.
By the end of the day, the local council had cleared the graffiti away, but traces were still visible on the door Thursday afternoon, an AFP journalist noted.
The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo took to Twitter to condemn what she described as “this abject act” and sent her support to the Jewish community.
Another horrible act of anti-Semitism this morning in Paris. In the 18th arrondissement on a door "Here live Jewish garbages." pic.twitter.com/wDPf7nctGe
— Sacha Rojtman Dratwa (@SachaDratwa) September 20, 2018
Leftist politician Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the France Unbowed party, was also quick to condemn the incident.
“The thugs guilty of such acts must be found and severely punished,” he wrote on Twitter.
Recent years have seen an unprecedented wave of violence against Jews in France and Belgium, where more than 12 people have died since 2012 in at least three jihadist attacks on Jewish targets.
There have been several anti-Semitic killings and hundreds of anti-Semitic acts.