French police quiz shop owner over anti-Semitic T-shirts
French police were questioning a shop owner and her assistant in Paris for selling T-shirts that say “Jews forbidden from entering the park”.14 August 2008
PARIS - French police were questioning a shop owner and her assistant in Paris after tracing T-shirts carrying anti-Semitic slogans to their store, a legal source said Wednesday.
Officers picked up the two women late Tuesday after reports that the store, in the Belleville district of the capital, was selling T-shirts with the phrase "Jews forbidden from entering the park" printed in German and Polish.
Investigators are now trying to track down who manufactured, distributed and imported the T-shirts, but the information taken from the label - "Introfancy IF" and "Nought restrict" - has offered no clues.
The T-shirt's inscriptions - "Juden EINTRITT in die PARKANLAGEN VERBOTEN"
in German, and "Zydom wstep do parku wzbronionyio" in Polish - are reproductions of 1940 banners that targeted the Jews of Lodz, central Poland.
Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany at that time, and 95 percent of the 200,000 Jews held in the Lodz ghetto eventually died in concentration camps.
Paris prosecutors have opened an investigation into the sale of the t-shirts after the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA) lodged a formal complaint Tuesday.
The Belleville district, in the northeast of the capital, has a significant Jewish community.
It has been the scene of tensions between gangs of Jewish and north African youths, in which a 17-year-old Jewish boy was seriously injured in June.
France is home to Europe's largest Jewish community, estimated at 600,000 people, and its largest Muslim community, at around five million.
[AFP / Expatica]
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