Jewish teenager in Paris attack pulls out of coma

24th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

Hospital officials say the teenager who has been beaten up by metal bars is now doing better.

24 June 2008

PARIS - A Jewish teenager savagely beaten by a gang wielding metal bars in an apparently anti-Semitic attack in Paris came out of a coma Monday, hospital officials said. 

The 17-year-old had been in a coma after the attack Saturday evening by youths in Paris' multi-ethnic 19th district.

The hospital treating him said Monday his condition was "improving."

President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Israel for a state visit, led condemnation of the attack, expressing his "profound indignation" and reaffirming his "total determination to combat all forms of racism and anti-Semitism."

Anti-Semitism is a sensitive issue in France, where the 600,000-strong Jewish community is western Europe's largest, and which is also home to a five-million strong Muslim population.

[AFP / Expatica]

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