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French Jewish teenager regains consciousness

Latest update : 2008-06-24

A 17-year-old Jewish boy who fell into a coma after a mob of youths severely beat him in a supposed anti-Semitic attack in a mixed Paris borough has regained consciousness, hospital officials said on Monday.(Report: R.Ranucci)

   
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 : 2008-06-23

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