French police hunt suspect in stabbing of Jewish woman

PARIS (Reuters) - Police were hunting for a man who stabbed and wounded a Jewish woman in the French city of Lyon on Saturday, while a swastika was found graffitied at her home, police and the city's mayor said.

"Such an act of violence is unthinkable. I offer all my support to the victim and her relatives," said Lyon Mayor Gregory Doucet on the social media platform X.

A spokesman for the national police gave no further details about the suspect, and said he could not confirm whether police were treating the attack as an anti-Semitic hate crime.

Police in countries around the world have reported a surge in anti-Semitic and Islamophobic offences in the wake of Hamas' attack on Israel on Oct. 7.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Ros Russell)