Nazi graffiti attack on synagogue in N France

5th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

VALENCIENNES, France, May 4 (AFP) - Nazi symbols and slurs were scrawled at the weekend across an outer wall of a Jewish synagogue in this northern French city, judicial sources said Tuesday.

VALENCIENNES, France, May 4 (AFP) - Nazi symbols and slurs were scrawled at the weekend across an outer wall of a Jewish synagogue in this northern French city, judicial sources said Tuesday.

The announcement of the graffiti, discovered Saturday, comes days after more than 100 graves were defiled Friday by anti-Semitic slogans and swastikas in the eastern French region of Alsace.

A swastika and several old Nazi slogans, including "Sieg Heil" and "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuehrer" (One people, one empire, one leader), were scrawled in thick blue ink on a wall bordering the synagogue, the sources told AFP.

The sources said the perpetrators were likely inspired by news of the Alsace anti-Semitic act and members of a neo-Nazi movement.

The rabbi at the synagogue in Valenciennes has lodged a formal complaint, they said.

A senior member of the Jewish community in Valenciennes who asked not be identified said he was "astounded" and "shocked". He said similar acts had taken place about two years ago.

© AFP

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