France, still reeling from a wave of Antisemitic attacks, is now having to reflect on two more recent occurrences.
The plaque in memory of Ilan Halimi, a young French Jew killed by the “gang of barbarians” in 2006, was found broken, most likely after an act of vandalism, in Bagneux (Hauts-de-Seine).
The information was confirmed Sunday by the city. The Nanterre prosecutor opened an investigation for intentional damage.
“This is outrageous, unacceptable, I am extremely shocked,” responded the mayor of Bagneux, Marie-Hélène Amiable.
The mayor further responded by immediately removing the plaque, placed at the foot of a young oak in the Richelieu Park, in the center of the city, after a commemoration ceremony in 2011.
“It will be changed as soon as possible”, said the mayor, who has made a complaint to the police.
Nicolas Sarkozy reacted on his Twitter account. “Consternation. The barbarism which he suffered was not enough….. Thoughts to his family”, wrote the president of the UMP. (Read more here).
In the second incident, two young Jews were assaulted Friday afternoon on the street in Paris by a mob of about 40 people.
The attack against the two young men, aged around 21, occurred on Boulevard Voltaire. The two young men were slightly injured, said the National Bureau of Vigilance against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA).
Police have launched an investigation into the incident and warned local Jewish businesses owners to be extra vigilant.
Sammy Ghozlan, president of BNVCA, denounced the attack against the two young men who were recognized as belonging to the Jewish community.
The gang of attackers was associated with anti-Israel groups Gaza Firm and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).
Of obvious concern is the link to the original 2006 kidnap of Ilan Halimi who was kidnapped from a cell phone store on the same Boulevard Voltaire. (Read more here).