Jewish teens assaulted, robbed in anti-Semitic attack in France
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Jewish teens assaulted, robbed in anti-Semitic attack in France

Four suspects arrested, fifth on the loose after incident in central Nice in which Star of David pendant was snatched from one of the victims

Illustrative photo of French police officers on patrol near the Louvre Museum in Paris, February 3, 2017 (AFP/Alain Jocard)
Illustrative photo of French police officers on patrol near the Louvre Museum in Paris, February 3, 2017 (AFP/Alain Jocard)

French police have arrested four men suspected of assaulting four Jewish youths in an anti-Semitic assault in Nice, apparently triggered by the assailants spotting a Star of David pendant one of the victims was wearing.

The incident in the southern French city occurred in the city center at about 2 a.m. on Saturday morning, according to a report by the France3 television station.

The four suspects and a fifth teenager, who was not immediately apprehended, assaulted the alleged victims, beating them and causing minor injuries. At least one of the perpetrators also stole a golden chain from one of the victims, the municipality said.

Mayor Christian Estrosi, who has vowed a zero tolerance policy on racist violence and radical Islam activities in his city, said he found the incident “unacceptable,” in a statement from his office titled “Anti-Semitic assault in the center of Nice.” Police officers canvased the city in search of the perpetrators, resulting in the suspects’ arrest within a few hours of the incident.

“I cannot permit the rise of anti-Semitism in our city, or in our country,” added Estrosi in a statement of unusual length and tone for an incident with no serious injuries. “The cowardice and violence of these attacks must not be trivialized and go unpunished,” he added.

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