Jewish graves desecrated in northeastern France: police

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Almost 50 graves were desecrated at a Jewish cemetery in northeastern France by unknown vandals, police said on Sunday.

A total of 49 headstones out of 126 at the cemetery in the town of Bar-le-Duc in the Meuse region were knocked over or damaged, Yves Badorc of the local police force told AFP.

Police were alerted on Friday by a walker who noticed that the gate to the cemetery was open, when it normally remained shut, a local newspaper reported.

The damage was recent and an investigation was underway to uncover the possible perpetrators, Badorc said.

The desecration follows a number of similar attacks at Jewish and Muslim cemeteries near the northeastern French city of Strasbourg in the past 12 months, but there is no indication the incidents are connected.

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