To brannbomber ble kastet mot en synagoge nord for Paris mandag. President Nicolas Sarkozy frykter at Midtøstens vold skal spre seg til Frankrike.
SAINT-DENIS, France – Two Molotov cocktails were hurled at a synagogue north of Paris, the latest attack in what France’s interior minister said Monday is a new wave of anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim attacks over the violence in Gaza. No injuries were reported.
President Nicolas Sarkozy met with religious leaders and reiterated the need to avoid «transposing» onto French soil a foreign conflict the country has been working to ease, his office said.
Firebombs broke a window and charred the walls of a pizzeria on the ground floor at Chabad House Ohr Manahem, in the town of Saint-Denis, said Isroeil Belinow, the synagogue’s assistant rabbi. Belinow said police found 15 other unignited firebombs nearby.
Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said France has faced a «very clear increase» in anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim attacks since Israel started an offensive against the militant group Hamas in Gaza on Dec. 27.
«We must do everything to stop the importation into our country of the situation that’s taking place in the Middle East,» Alliot-Marie told RTL Radio.
She declined to provide specific figures on the increase, though insisted police have been instructed to protect religious sites and places of worship.
At innenriksminister Michelle Alliot-Marie også snakker om antimuslimske overgrep må skyldes et utslag av politisk korrekthet.