Meyer Habib
Meyer Habib Reuters

French Jewish MP Meyer Habib on Wednesday warned French Jews to be "cautious" when walking in public wearing a kippah (skullcap).

Speaking to Radio 101.5, Habib said, "I call on everyone to be cautious. There are children in the street, you can't tell [them] 'wear a kippah,' because he might be killed.

When asked if those worried should remove their kippahs, Habib said, "Yes, definitely. You cannot walk in fear wearing a kippah. First of all, you must 'choose life' - that's what it says in the Torah."

Habib also noted that he himself has bodyguards, due to threats on his life.

On Tuesday, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, recommended that Jews not wear kippahs on the streets of Germany, suggesting instead the use of a hat or other head covering.