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Anti-Semitism and France

The story of assault on a French train highlights the problem in France. But the nation's elites have slowly begun to understand that their society has a problem.

12:00 AM, Jul 13, 2004 • By CLAUDIA WINKLER
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At least behind closed doors, French officials are even starting to entertain the proposition that the virulence and relentlessness of their criticism of Israel and its supporters feeds the insalubrious climate in which crimes against Jews multiply. Despite French newspapers' vigorous coverage of the latest apparent anti-Semitic attack, a further evolution may be needed before French intellectual and media elites will go that far.

Claudia Winkler is a managing editor at The Weekly Standard.