Bomb attempt against suburban Paris synagogue

10th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 8 (AFP) - French police foiled an attempt to bomb a synagogue outside Paris overnight, the ministry of the interior said on Saturday.

PARIS, May 8 (AFP) - French police foiled an attempt to bomb a synagogue outside Paris overnight, the ministry of the interior said on Saturday.

In a statement, it said a crudely-made device was meant to explode in the garden of the synagogue in the village of Villiers-le-Bel, northwest of the capital.

Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin "strongly condemns once again these intolerable acts against the memory and safety of people, notably those against places of worship."

De Villepin noted that the bomb attack came after the "hateful desecrations in the Herrlisheim Jewish cemetery in the eastern region of Alsace in early May and the memorial in Douaumont for Jewish soldiers who died for France" in the battle of Verdun during World War I.

The chief rabbi of the eastern city of Nancy, Daniel Dahan, told AFP that the attacks marked an "escalation since they targeted not only the memory of Jews but Jews who spilt their blood for France."

Roger Benarrosh of the council of Jewish institutions in France expressed his "indignation at the repetition of anti-Semitic acts.

"Every day we learn of new attacks, of new desecrations. It's a habit we refuse to accept," he said.

Several Jewish cemeteries have been vandalised in recent weeks in different parts of France.

Hundreds of people took part Saturday in a silent gathering at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France where more than 100 graves had been painted with anti-Semitic slogans and swastikas, police said.

The silent protest in front of the cemetery near the town of Colmar close to the German border drew more than 300 people and passed off without incident, one of the participants told AFP.

The gates to the cemetery remained closed.

The desecration of the headstones on April 30 has provoked indignation in France.

Leading Jewish, Muslim, Roman Catholic and Protestant leaders, as well as the Education Minister Francois Fillon last week held a multi-faith ceremony in front of the Jewish cemetery.

Local authorities are to organise the cleaning up of the graves and the local public prosecutor has opened an inquiry.

© AFP

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