Around 5,000 French Jews emigrated from the country in 2016 after a series of attacks on the community.
A total of 40,000 Jews have left the country since 2006, according to figures released Monday. A majority of Jews move to Israel, but at least 10 percent return to their home country at a later point. France has the largest Jewish community in Europe with approximately 500,000 residing in the country.
Daniel Benhaim, the head of an Israeli-backed group in France, cited insecurity as the “catalyst” for most people leaving.
France will never deny the “existing, true” Jewish historical rights to Jerusalem, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged.
Valls made the statement in a letter penned to Shmuel Rabinovitch, the Rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy Sites of Israel.