JTA — A French Jewish teenager was the victim of a violent anti-Semitic attack on a train travelling between Toulouse and Lyon.
The victim, 17, reportedly is a student at Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, where an Islamist gunman shot and killed three children and a teacher in March.
The teen was wearing what the French Interior Ministry called “a distinctive religious symbol,” the French news service AFP reported.
The teen was first verbally accosted and later beaten up by two assailants in Wednesday night’s attack. Another passenger and train conductors reportedly came to his aid.
AFP reported that the assailants were identified to police by railroad authorities but that neither had been called in for questioning by Thursday morning.
The French Jewish umbrella group, CRIF, in a statement called the attack “another development in the worrying trend of anti-Semitism in our country.”