Mobile App to Help Fight Against Racism in France
A French anti-racism association is launching a mobile application it hopes will help eradicate racist graffiti by enabling users to take photos of offensive tags, geo-locate them and get them removed.
Licra -- the International League against Racism and Antisemitism – said the app was a "digital response" to "a big increase in racist and anti-Semitic acts" in France, and would be available for download from June 11, the AFP news agency reported.
Users who have the app will be able to take a snap of racist tags they come across with their smartphones, attach the location and send the information to Licra, which will work with local authorities to have them quickly removed.
Anti-Semitism in France has reached alarming heights within recent years most notably due to the 2012 killings by Islamist extremist Mohamed Merah of three Jews in a school in Toulouse and of three French soldiers.
Since the incident there has been a stark increase in both verbal and physical attacks against the French Jewish community,
According to a report by the French Jewish community, France saw an increase of 58 percent in anti-Semitic incidents in 2012 compared to the previous year.
The report released in February by the SPCJ showed that 614 anti-Semitic acts were documented in the republic last year compared to 389 in 2011.