Enquiry opened into anti-Semitic slurs in northern France

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French justices opened an inquiry after five people, including three police officers, were accused of provoking racial hatred by making anti-Semitic remarks

   AMIENS, February 12, 2008  - French justices opened Saturday an inquiry
after five people, including three police officers, were accused of provoking
racial hatred by making anti-Semitic remarks at a bar in the northern town of
Amiens.
   The five allegedly yelled "death to Jews" and "the crematorium ovens must
be reopened," at Le Goodness bar, Amiens deputy prosecutor Philippe Petitprez
said. They also shouted "Sieg heil" and "Heil Hitler."
   The three officers have been suspended from duty.
   A judicial inquiry has also been opened against the two other suspects --
an army official and a businessman -- for "acts of intimidation against a
victim", who was the bar-owner.
   Prosecutors have recommended the five be placed under judicial supervision.
If found guilty, they could face up to a year in prison.
   Anti-Semitism is a particularly sensitive issue in France, where the
600,000-strong Jewish community is western Europe's largest.
   Reports of anti-Semitic attacks soared a few years ago, but have since
subsided.

AFP 

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