‘Raped at 12 because she was Jewish’: Protests held in Paris and Lyon after charges filed

Protesters hold a placard which reads as "Raped because she is Jewish" and wave an Israeli flag as they gather to condemn the alleged antisemitic gang rape of a 12 year-old Jewish girl, at the Paris city hall square on June 19, 2024. (Alain Jocard/AFP)
Protesters hold a placard which reads as "Raped because she is Jewish" and wave an Israeli flag as they gather to condemn the alleged antisemitic gang rape of a 12 year-old Jewish girl, at the Paris city hall square on June 19, 2024. (Alain Jocard/AFP)

Hundreds took part demonstrations against antisemitism in Paris and Lyon, following Wednesday’s indictment of two teenage boys for gang raping a 12-year-old Jewish girl.

France has the largest Jewish community of any country outside Israel and the United States as well as Europe’s largest Muslim community. There has been a surge in antisemitic acts since Hamas’s October 7 attack on Israel set off the Gaza war.

“Raped at 12 because she was Jewish,” says one banner at a demonstration in central Paris where Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti was among well-known figures to take part.

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