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Artist restores vandalised Paris portraits of Holocaust survivor

Portraits of a prominent Holocaust survivor that were daubed with swastikas in Paris this week have been restored by the artist who made them.

An unknown person attacked images of Simone Veil, the survivor of Nazi death camps and a European Parliament president who died in 2017, on Monday.

They were painted on postboxes near a town hall in the south east of the French capital.

Artist Christian Guemy, who also goes by the name C215, tweeted a photo of the restored images. He said: “Simone Veil is back … stronger than the barbarity of anonymous people.”

According to French authorities, registered incidents of anti-Semitism rose to 541 last year from 311 in 2017, an increase of 74 per cent. Christian symbols have also been targets in France recently.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe condemned damage done by vandals to five churches last week, and urged the French to respect religion. “In our secular Republic, we respect the places of worship. These acts shock me,” he said.

Mr Philippe said he will relay this message to representatives of the Catholic Church during a meeting in Paris.

Photo: Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo watches street artist Christian Guemy cleaning the vandalised postboxes.

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