French President Emmanuel Macron has called for clarity after the murder of a Jewish woman was not acknowledged as a hate crime.
Many French Jews have spoken of their anger at the classification of the murder, including Jewish organisations who believe it was anti-Semitic, according to The Jewish Chronicle.
In a speech to mark the 70th anniversary of the deportation of French Jews to Nazi concentration camps, Macron said: “Despite the denials of the murderer, our judiciary must bring total clarity around the death of Sarah Halimi."
Halimi was killed earlier this year, allegedly by one of her neighbours. It is believed he broke into her apartment during the night and beat her up.
Police then witnessed Halimi being thrown from her balcony, three floors up. They had been waiting for reinforcements before entering the flat.
Other residents claimed they heard the attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” as he beat the woman and after he had finished, it is claimed he said “I killed the Shaitan (Satan).”
Kobili Traore is currently being held in custody and he has denied that the murder was anti-Semitic.
Traore has been charged with homicide but hasn't been charged with an anti-Semitic hate crime.
An umbrella organisation for Jews in France, The Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives, has said it is "astonished that the anti-Semitic character of the murder was omitted.
“The personality of the criminal, who shouted 'Allahu Akbar,' his modus operandi, and his choice of a victim he knew was Jewish affirm our thesis and certitude. This crime is incontestably anti-Semitic."