Paris (CNN)Anti-Semitic acts in France increased by 69% in the first nine months of 2018, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Friday.
France hit by 69% rise in anti-Semitic acts
In a statement released on the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht -- a pogrom carried out by the Nazis against Germany's Jewish community in 1938 -- Philippe announced a new task force to improve education and deal with anti-Semitism in schools.
Kristallnacht led to nearly 100 Jews being killed, 30,000 men arrested, over 1,000 synagogues burnt and more than 7,000 Jewish businesses destroyed or damaged.
"It was 80 years ago, to the day. On November 9, 1938, the Nazis inflicted on Germany a night of systematic violence, against synagogues, Jewish-owned shops, and Jewish homes," Philippe wrote in a post on Facebook.
"The ominous sound of broken windows gave its name to this terrible episode in history: the Night of Broken Glass.
"Why remember, in 2018, such a painful memory?