Masked thieves who attacked a young man east of Paris to steal his car repeatedly stabbed him after noticing he was wearing a Jewish symbol, French Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said.Alliot-Marie condemned the "revolting attack" in the suburban town of Fontenay-sous-Bois and said authorities are working to find the perpetrators. The ministry said in a statement Friday that the attackers shouted anti-Semitic threats at the man as they stabbed him four times with a knife in the Thursday evening attack.It did not provide details on the man's condition.
And from the AFP (translation here):
CRETEIL, 16 January 2009 (AFP) - The Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie "condemns" in a statement released Friday, aggression accompanied by "anti-Semitic threats" that a young man was injured Thursday in Fontenay -sous-Bois (Val-de-Marne).
The young man of 24 years was attacked Thursday evening by two men who wanted to steal his car and had brought a knife, wounding him slightly, because they would have realized that he was Jewish, had we learned Friday of police and judicial sources. These sources confirmed the information provided to AFP by the president of the National Bureau of Vigilance against anti-Semitism (BNVCA), Sammy Ghozlan. "Noting that he was wearing a Jewish religious symbol, the aggressors have uttered against him of anti-Semitic threats and beat him four strokes of the knife", said Minister of Interior in its press release. It "condemns this aggression and unspeakable (...) ensures that everything is done to arrest the perpetrators." For her, "any act of racism or anti-Semitism, whatever it is, is contrary to the values of the Republic". Michèle Alliot-Marie "will not tolerate these abuses and it appeals to everyone's responsibility to stop such acts which threaten the cohesion and unity," concludes the press release.