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France boosts security at Jewish sites after synagogue shooting

Latest update : 2012-10-07

France's President Francois Hollande vowed on Sunday to increase security at Jewish sites after blank bullets were fired at a synagogue in a suburb of Paris. The move comes a day after police carried out dawn raids on suspected Islamist terrorists.

France is boosting security at Jewish religious sites after blanks were fired at a synagogue west of Paris amid renewed concerns about anti-Semitism around the country.

French President Francois Hollande met Sunday with leaders of the country’s Jewish community and pledged to fight extremism and anti-Semitism “with the greatest firmness.”
 
He said that authorities “in the coming days, in the coming hours” will increase security at Jewish religious sites so they won’t be subject to the kind of attack that targeted a synagogue in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil on Saturday night.
 
A synagogue representative said witnesses heard what sounded like a weapon being fired and that police said blanks had been fired and empty bullet casings found. Local police would not comment on the incident to the AP. Services were canceled at the synagogue, the representative said, speaking on condition of anonymity because a police investigation is under way.
 
It came hours after police carried out raids across France on Saturday targeting a suspected jihadist cell of young Frenchmen recently converted to Islam. DNA on a grenade that exploded last month at a kosher grocery store led them to a member of the cell, who was killed in a shootout with police Saturday.
 
Officials said he had been under surveillance since last spring - around the time a French Islamist radical went on a shooting rampage against a Jewish school and French soldiers, killing seven people.
 
A leading French Muslim organization, the CFCM, denounced the synagogue attack. It said in a statement Sunday that it “assures the French Jewish community of its support and fraternal solidarity in the face of all attacks that target its members and institutions.”
 
(AP)

 

Date created : 2012-10-07

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