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Anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim acts threaten France's foundations, Hollande says

  • French President Francois Hollande, center, and Senate President Gerard Larcher , right, attend a ceremony during a visit at the Sarre-Union Jewish cemetery, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. 17, 2015. Hollande spoke Tuesday in Sarre-Union, where 250 Jewish graves were desecrated over the weekend. Hollande noted anti-Semitism and acts against Muslims are both on the rise in France, notably after the attacks last month in Paris that left 20 people dead, including the three gunmen. The president called on French Jews to remain in France and not follow the Israeli prime minister's call for a mass immigration of European Jews. (AP Photo/Vincent Kessler/Pool)

    French President Francois Hollande, center, and Senate President Gerard Larcher , right, attend a ceremony during a visit at the Sarre-Union Jewish cemetery, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. 17, 2015. Hollande spoke Tuesday in Sarre-Union, where 250 Jewish graves were desecrated over the weekend. Hollande noted anti-Semitism and acts against Muslims are both on the rise in France, notably after the attacks last month in Paris that left 20 people dead, including the three gunmen. The president called on French Jews to remain in France and not follow the Israeli prime minister's call for a mass immigration of European Jews. (AP Photo/Vincent Kessler/Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left: Israeli ambassador to France Yossi Gal, Strasbourg and Bas-Rhin Grand Rabbi Rene Gutman and French President Francois Hollande attend a ceremony , during a visit at the Sarre-Union Jewish cemetery, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. 17, 2015.  Hollande spoke Tuesday in Sarre-Union, where 250 Jewish graves were desecrated over the weekend. Hollande noted anti-Semitism and acts against Muslims are both on the rise in France, notably after the attacks last month in Paris that left 20 people dead, including the three gunmen. The president called on French Jews to remain in France and not follow the Israeli prime minister's call for a mass immigration of European Jews. (AP Photo/Vincent Kessler/Pool)

    From left: Israeli ambassador to France Yossi Gal, Strasbourg and Bas-Rhin Grand Rabbi Rene Gutman and French President Francois Hollande attend a ceremony , during a visit at the Sarre-Union Jewish cemetery, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. 17, 2015. Hollande spoke Tuesday in Sarre-Union, where 250 Jewish graves were desecrated over the weekend. Hollande noted anti-Semitism and acts against Muslims are both on the rise in France, notably after the attacks last month in Paris that left 20 people dead, including the three gunmen. The president called on French Jews to remain in France and not follow the Israeli prime minister's call for a mass immigration of European Jews. (AP Photo/Vincent Kessler/Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israeli ambassador to France Yossi Gal stands near desecrated tombstones during a ceremony at the Sarre-Union Jewish cemetery, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. 17, 2015.  Hollande spoke Tuesday in Sarre-Union, where 250 Jewish graves were desecrated over the weekend. Hollande noted anti-Semitism and acts against Muslims are both on the rise in France, notably after the attacks last month in Paris that left 20 people dead, including the three gunmen. The president called on French Jews to remain in France and not follow the Israeli prime minister's call for a mass immigration of European Jews. (AP Photo/Vincent Kessler/Pool)

    Israeli ambassador to France Yossi Gal stands near desecrated tombstones during a ceremony at the Sarre-Union Jewish cemetery, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. 17, 2015. Hollande spoke Tuesday in Sarre-Union, where 250 Jewish graves were desecrated over the weekend. Hollande noted anti-Semitism and acts against Muslims are both on the rise in France, notably after the attacks last month in Paris that left 20 people dead, including the three gunmen. The president called on French Jews to remain in France and not follow the Israeli prime minister's call for a mass immigration of European Jews. (AP Photo/Vincent Kessler/Pool)  (The Associated Press)

French President Francois Hollande says the rise of acts against Jews and Muslims threatens the country's very foundations.

Hollande spoke Tuesday in Sarre-Union, where 250 Jewish graves were desecrated over the weekend. Hollande noted anti-Semitism and acts against Muslims are both on the rise in France, notably after the attacks last month in Paris that left 20 people dead, including the three gunmen.

The president called on French Jews to remain in France and not follow the Israeli prime minister's call for a mass immigration of European Jews.

Five local teenagers have been detained in the cemetery desecration in eastern France. Hollande said anti-Semitic acts doubled in 2014 compared with 2013, and acts against Muslims in just the month after the attacks totaled the same for the entire previous year.