Christophe Habas, a senior Freemason in France, was beaten by a woman in Paris as he walked to a metro station.
The woman allegedly shouted “Jew!” repeatedly as she beat him with a hammer, before fleeing.
Habas was fortunately not badly injured, but clearly an attack with a hammer could have led to serious injury, meaning that he had a lucky escape.
It isn’t known if Habas is Jewish, but Freemasons often feature in antisemitic conspiracy theories, and were also killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Antisemitic conspiracies from the far left, the far right and from Islamists often mention freemasons and Jews in the same breath.
Habas has apparently recently returned from a trip to Israel, which received media attention in France where there are over 50,000 freemasons.
Francis Kalifat, the president of the French Jewish group the CRIF remarked: “this assault reminds us that we need to fight with uncompromising firmness against antisemitic discourse, and all other forms of hate and exclusion”.