Some 80 graves have been desecrated with swastikas at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France.

The damage was discovered today, ahead of nationwide marches against a rise in anti-Semitic attacks.

It occurred at a cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim, on the night of Monday into today Tuesday, town hall officials told the franceinfo website.

President Emmanuel Macron has condemned anti-Semitic abuse after a prominent intellectual was targeted.

Police stepped in to protect the philosopher, Alain Finkiel-kraut, after he was bombarded with insults and anti-Jewish taunts by a group of “yellow vest” protesters in Paris at the weekend.

Mr. Macron visited the cemetery to inspect the damage today, before he heads to the Paris Holocaust memorial.

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