France marks Vel d'Hiv anniversary

19th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 18 (AFP) - France on Sunday marked the 62nd anniversary of the biggest wartime round-up of Paris Jews with calls for vigilance against a new wave of anti-Semitic and racist acts.

PARIS, July 18 (AFP) - France on Sunday marked the 62nd anniversary of the biggest wartime round-up of Paris Jews with calls for vigilance against a new wave of anti-Semitic and racist acts.  

Veteran Affairs Minister Hamlaoui Mekachera led commemorations near the site of the now-demolished Vel d'Hiv cycling arena where in July 1942 some 8,000 Jews were held following their detention by French police before being dispatched to German death camps.  

"The fight against the kind of odious acts that have been in the news recently -- whether profanations (of tombs) or anti-Semitic and racist attacks - requires from each citizen a permanent vigilance in support of the duty of memory," he said.      

According to figures from the interior ministry, more anti-Semitic and racist incidents were recorded in the first half of 2004 than in the whole of 2003.  

But a claim a week ago by a 23 year-old Paris mother to have been the victim of an attack by a gang of Arab and black youths who drew swastikas on her body has been revealed as a hoax.

 

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