Experts on radicalisation in France have warned that an entire generation is being lost to extremists who peddle hatred of Jews.
Speaking in Paris on Monday, at a conference on radical Islam and populism in Europe, organised by the American Jewish Committee, cyber-security expert Jonathan Uzan said: "We've already lost the young generation who are against the system and believe in these antisemitic theories. We'll struggle to bring them back."
Addressing the conference, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that the country's Salafis were gaining ground and, today, have more influence than the moderates on young Muslims. "They represent only one per cent of the Muslim population but their ideas are the most prominent on social media.
"They're about to win the ideological war. They're the ones the young generation listens to." The Prime Minister added that several neighbourhoods in France were as radical as Molenbeek in Brussels, where Salah Abdeslam, one of the terrorists who carried out the mass-murders in Paris last November, hid from security forces...This should serve as a wake up call for Canadians in general and Canadian Jews in particular--but I highly doubt it will.