A Jewish youth who was severely beaten up in a Parisian district, home to large Jewish and Muslim communities, emerged from a coma on Monday. It is unclear whether the attack was anti-Semitic or a revenge beating.
A Jewish teenager savagely beaten by a gang wielding metal bars in an apparently anti-Semitic attack in Paris came out of a coma Monday, hospital officials said.
The 17-year-old had been in a coma after the attack Saturday evening by youths in Paris' multi-ethnic 19th district.
The hospital treating him said Monday his condition was "improving."
President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Israel for a state visit, led condemnation of the attack, expressing his "profound indignation" and reaffirming his "total determination to combat all forms of racism and anti-Semitism."
Anti-Semitism is a sensitive issue in France, where the 600,000-strong Jewish community is western Europe's largest, and which is also home to a five-million strong Muslim population.
Date created : 2008-06-22