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Dec 4, 2014 5:47 AM

France: Attack highlights anti-Semitism concerns

The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) An attack on a French couple this week is reviving worries about long-simmering anti-Semitic sentiment in France.

The Service for the Protection of the Jewish Community in France says two people were handed preliminary charges Wednesday night of religion-motivated violence, armed robbery, rape, sequestration and extortion.

The two are suspected of forcing their way into an apartment in the Paris suburb of Creteil and tying up a young man and woman and demanding money. The victims say the woman was raped.

The French government insists it's determined to fight all forms of racism and anti-Semitism after the attack Tuesday.

France's main Jewish organization decried the attack, noting that anti-Semitic incidents have happened regularly in France.

Violence in the Mideast often results in attacks on synagogues and related unrest in France.


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