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Latest update : 2008-06-24

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