First y were painted anti-Semitic. A week later, it was a arson. A new attack on a kosher trade in Créteil, in south-east of Paris, it has provoked a wave of indignation and fear of resurgence of anti-Semitism throughout France, especially as it occurred on third anniversary of attack, on January 9, 2015, to Hyper Cacher , anor Jewish food store in Paris. That was last act of a wave of jihadi attacks in French capital that began two days earlier with massacre in satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and left, in 72 hours, a score of dead, including three clients and an employee of kosher killer store Two by Amedy Coulibaly, a radical Frenchman of 32 years who claimed taking of hostages in Hyper Cacher in name of Islamic State.
The attack on Jewish trade in Parisian suburb occurred in early hours of Monday to Tuesday and left store completely destroyed. It's not an accident. "The fence of store was destroyed by one or more individuals before fire began," police prefecture confirmed newspaper Le Figaro. The fire was spread to an adjacent store, anor Jewish trade. "The criminal court is being prioritized," confirmed prosecutor of Créteil, Laure Beccuau.
Both trades had already been victims of anti-Semitic attacks. On 3 January, several swastikas were painted in ir windows, as well as on facade of a building in Paris where several people of Jewish confession live. The Minister of Interior, Gérard Collomb, expressed his "deep indignation" and claimed identification and placing in hands of justice of those responsible, while transmitting his support to Jewish community of France.
For Albert Elharrar, president of Jewish community in Créteil — 23,000 members in a population of 90,000 — re is a "continuity" between two vandalism acts. "It's something that stirs us up," he told Agence France Presse. "We try to live and forget, to recover tranquility, but re are elements that sow terror," he lamented.
The owner of destroyed shop, a 44-year-old Muslim, had to be briefly hospitalized for shock that news produced. In statements to AFP, he said that Jewish community and Muslim live in framework of "respect" in Créteil. "I am Muslim and I work in a Jewish shop, re is no incompatibility whatsoever," said merchant, under condition of anonymity. According to affected, "it is trying to create a conflict that does not exist in France."
Anti-Semitic acts have declined since peak of 2015. In 2016, 355 anti-Semitic actions were recorded, a decrease of almost 59% compared to previous year, according to latest official figures of Ministry of Interior. But y are relative data, says Frédéric Potier, interministerial delegate for fight against racism, anti-Semitism and ANTILGBT hatred (DILCRAH, for its acronym in French).
"Since 2015, we have a number of anti-Semitic acts that in global trend fall, but regularly re are acts that make re remain much restlessness and excitement in Jewish community," said Tuesday to several European media, including country. And anor disturbing sign, he said, is that anti-Semitic actions no longer occur only in collective places such as synagogues or cemeteries, but re have also been attacks "in houses", such as recent swastikas painted in a building in district 14 from Paris or, last April, assassination of Sarah Halimi, a 65-year-old Jewish woman who was savagely beaten and n thrown out of her home window in French capital by a young Muslim neighbor with psychiatric problems. His death provoked a great controversy among Jewish community that claimed to be considered an anti-Semitic crime, something that prosecution only requested last September.A mayor of extreme right imposes a school menu with pork
Julien Sanchez, far-right mayor of Beaucaire, in south of France, has provoked indignation by ordering end of alternative school meals when pork is offered on menu.
The measure mainly affects some 150 students, mostly Muslims, who so far took advantage of alternative offer when local school canteens, which feed about 600 children, offered pork products. The alderman of National Front argues that se menus, introduced by his predecessor, are "Antirrepublicanos" and so has eliminated m at turn of Christmas holiday. The protests have not been kept waiting. The Secretary of State for Equality man-woman, Marlène Schiappa, accused mayor of making menus an "anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish political weapon", while Laure Roper, president of a local opposition association, considered measure an "attack on The rights of Child "that in addition" stigmatizes Maghreb community and cannot be justified, in any case, in name of secularism. "