Hoax anti-Semitic attack victim 'must be punished', says Chirac

15th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 14 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac on Wednesday called the case of the woman who lied about being the victim of an anti-Semitic attack "regrettable", but stood by his swift condemnation of the incident.

PARIS, July 14 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac on Wednesday called the case of the woman who lied about being the victim of an anti-Semitic attack "regrettable", but stood by his swift condemnation of the incident.  

"It's a regrettable affair," Chirac said during his annual Bastille Day televised interview broadcast live on TF1 and France 2 television of the case that sparked outrage across the country.  

"Whenever there is manipulation, the manipulator must be punished," he added.  

On Tuesday, a 23-year-old woman admitted she had lied about being attacked on a Paris suburban train by a group of North African youths, whom she had accused of slashing her clothes and drawing swastikas on her stomach.  

Chirac, who last week called for harsh punishment for the perpetrators of racist and anti-Semitic acts, had initially described the purported assault as "odious" and "shameful" but said he did not regret making the statement.  

"Our Jewish and Muslim compatriots - basically, French people are sometimes the victims of assaults just because they don't belong to one community or another. It's unacceptable."  

The woman was placed in preventive detention on Tuesday, on suspicion of falsely reporting a crime.

 

© AFP

 

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