French soldiers guard a Jewish institution (file)
French soldiers guard a Jewish institution (file) Reuters

Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday urged France's Jews to stay in the country after a fresh call by the Israeli premier for European Jews to emigrate to Israel.

"My message to French Jews is the following: France is wounded with you and France does not want you to leave," Valls said, according to AFP

His comments came after two people were killed in shootings in Copenhagen at the weekend that targeted a cultural center and a synagogue, in a strike that may have been inspired by last month's Paris attacks.

Those attacks left 17 people dead, including four men who were taken hostage by an Islamist gunman at a kosher supermarket.

Valls' statement also came after news that several hundred tombs had been defaced at a Jewish cemetery in the east of the country in what he called a "despicable act."

Following the Copenhagen shootings, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu repeated a call he made after the Paris killings.

"To the Jews of Europe and to the Jews of the world I say that Israel is waiting for you with open arms," Netanyahu said.

"Extremist Islamic terrorism has struck Europe again... Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews," he said.

The French prime minister criticized Netanyahu's comments.

"I regret Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks. Being in the middle of an election campaign doesn't mean you authorize yourself to make just any type of statement," he said. "The place for French Jews is France."

French President Francois Hollande echoed the same remarks, saying that Jews "have their place in Europe and in particular in France."

However, Vall's comments not only surface well after a slew of anti-Semitic attacks on Jews in France in December and January, but also after a chilling exposé from an NRG reporter who dared to document 10 hours' worth of reactions to his Jewish garb during a walk in Paris.

In the video, journalist Zvika Klein walks through the Paris streets with a yarmulke and tzitzit - i.e. Jewish traditional dress - and receives a number of insults and even threats. He is also spat at, sworn at, and generally humiliated by passers-by.

France has been named as the West's most dangerous country for Jews, and anti-Semitism doubled there in 2014.