French Jews mourn victims of Hyper Cacher siege
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, January 10, 2015 1:50PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, January 10, 2015 6:23PM EST
PARIS -- French Jews are paying homage to victims of a hostage-taking at a kosher market and wondering what their future holds, after attacks that intensified concerns about rising anti-Semitism.
Jewish community leader Roger Cukierman, urged French Jews to stay instead of joining a wave of emigration to Israel, saying "it's very important that there will remain a Jewish community in France."
He told The Associated Press, "we will go on exercising our Jewish lives, freely. Whatever our adversaries want to impose on us."
Jewish community members held a vigil Saturday for four people killed in the market in eastern Paris on Friday by a radical Muslim gunman.
France has western Europe's largest Jewish and Muslim populations, which have seen increasing tensions in recent months.