Odier added, "Today is a black day for freedom of expression, tolerance and respect in France as the very values of the Republic are under attack".

Samuels stressed that "Jihadi fanaticism and terrorism are the same reality for its victims, whether in France, Israel or beyond".

The Centre urged that "the authorities draw the lessons of today and crack down on these threats with all measures available".

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights organization with a worldwide membership of 440,000. Established in 1977, with headquarters in Los Angeles, it draws the lessons of the Holocaust to the analysis of contemporary issues of prejudice and discrimination. The Centre is an NGO in consultative status to the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Organization of American States and the Council of Europe.

For further information, please contact Dr Shimon Samuels at +33.609.7701.58