Two teenagers charged over French synagogue attack

22nd January 2009, Comments 0 comments

The assailants rammed a car into the gate of the synagogue in the city of Toulouse and set it on fire.

TOULOUSE - Two teenage boys were charged Wednesday over an attack on a synagogue in southern France two weeks ago as Israel's Gaza offensive stoked Arab-Jewish tensions, a prosecutor said.

The assailants rammed a car into the gate of the synagogue in the city of Toulouse on January 5 and set it on fire. No-one was injured in the attack.

The 16-year-old boys were charged with vehicle theft and voluntarily damaging property belonging to persons of a specific race or religion, said prosecutor Michel Valet.

Home to Europe's biggest Muslim and Jewish populations, France recorded scores of anti-Semitic incidents during Israel's 22-day Gaza offensive which ended Sunday, drawing appeals for calm from politicians and religious leaders.

President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed to severely punish perpetrators of hate violence and warned repeatedly against attempts to replicate the Arab-Israeli conflict in France.

(AFP/Expatica)

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