We have been sent video of an extraordinary speech made by the French prime minister, Manuel Valls, in response to widespread reports that Jewish citizens are leaving France in the face of rising anti-semitism.
M. Valls, wearing a skullcap while speaking in a synagogue and referring explicitly to it in his speech, spoke with passion of the role Jews played in the nation and in his personal life.
Click here to watch the impressive speech. The headline statement can be found at 25:30.
Although the speech was reported in parts of the French press, no word of it has appeared abroad.
Manuel Valls is married to Anne Gravoin, a French concert violinist of Russian-Jewish origin.