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The number of Jews migrating to Israel from France has increased four-fold in the first quarter of 2014 according to the Jewish Agency for Israel.
The latest figures show that 1,407 Jews left France for Israel between January and March compared to just 353 last year.
Blaming a wave of anti-semitism sweeping across the country for the rise, Ariel Kandel, the head of the Jewish Agency's French chapter, said "this phenomenon is speeding up".
"We will not finish the year with four times more the number than in 2013 but if the current rhythm continues, there will be more than 5,000 French people leaving for Israel, something that has never happened since its creation in 1948," he said.
Speaking to The Local, the media director at the International Christian Embassy David Parsons contradicted Kandel's account, saying that increased migration to Israel had more to do with finance and faith, than fear.
“Since the economic crisis a lot of French Jews have made aliyah (migration) because Israel has recovered more quickly from the economic downturn and unemployment rates there are much lower among the younger generation".
The number of French Jews, who boast of a half a million-strong community in France, migrating to Israel has been growing steadily, with a total of 1,907 making the move in 2012 and 3,280 more in 2013.
Since its establishment in 1948, some three million Jews from Europe have moved to Israel, including 90,000 from France.Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Mayıs 2014, 18:10