Anti-Semitic attack hoax mother freed

15th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

CERGY-PONTOISE, July 15 (AFP) - A 23-year-old French woman who falsely claimed she had been attacked on a suburban train by a gang of Arab and African youths, was freed from custody Thursday pending a court appearance later this month.

CERGY-PONTOISE, July 15 (AFP) - A 23-year-old French woman who falsely claimed she had been attacked on a suburban train by a gang of Arab and African youths, was freed from custody Thursday pending a court appearance later this month.  

The woman, named publicly only as Marie, will face charges on July 26 of "reporting an imaginary crime", which carries a sentence of up to six months in jail.   

She has been in custody since Tuesday, when she admitted to police that her story of a racially-inspired attack on Paris's RER rail network was a fabrication.  

Her partner, who also appeared before a judge in the northern suburb of Cergy-Pontoise, was released without charge.   Islamic leaders have denounced the rush to judgment after Marie's story was published in the press on Monday.   

She claimed that the gang cut her clothes and hair and drew swastiskas on her body because they thought she was Jewish.  

The supposed attack drew immediate condemnations from leading political figures, including President Jacques Chirac himself, but Muslim leaders said the nation had been too eager to put the blame on disaffected Arab youths.  

"Everyone has made a fool of themselves by shouting that this was an act of anti-Semitism intead of waiting for more information," said Kamel Kabtane, president of the Council for the Muslim Religion in the southern Rhone-Alpes region.    "

The Muslim community cannot accept being the constant butt (of accusations), dragged through the mud at the pettiest incident."  

France is home to Europe's largest communities of Muslims and Jews.

 

© AFP

 

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