Outrage in France after anti-Semitic gang attack
Six youths from Bagneux, accused of locking up a 19-year-old youth in a storage room, beating and scrawling 'dirty Jew' and 'dirty faggot' on his face.
PARIS, March 5, 2008 (AFP) - French officials voiced outrage Wednesday
after it emerged a gang had locked up and attacked a Jewish youth in the same
Paris suburb where a young Jew was tortured to death two years ago.
Six youths from Bagneux, south of Paris, are accused of locking up a
19-year-old youth in a storage room on February 22, beating and sexually
tormenting him, and scrawling 'dirty Jew' and 'dirty faggot' on his face.
Aged 17 to 25, the six youths -- who knew the victim -- had falsely accused
him of stealing from them, according to judicial officials. The young man was
later hospitalised "in a state of shock".
"We are shocked and outraged. We condemn such acts in the strongest terms,"
Bagneux city hall said in a statement.
The youths face charges of group violence motivated by a person's "real or
supposed race, religion or sexual orientation", acts of torture, blackmail and
A young Jewish man, 23-year-old Ilan Halimi, was kidnapped for three weeks
and tortured to death by a violent extorsion gang from Bagneux in 2006, in a
suspected anti-Semitic crime that shocked the country.
Close to 30 people are under investigation over the killing, with the
gang's ringleader, Youssef Fofana, to stand trial for murder in the coming