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Published on 6 November 2017

#France - French minister condemns vandalizing of Jewish memorial

France's interior minister has condemned the desecration of a prominent Jewish memorial plaque near Paris by unknown vandals as "cowardly and odious."

Publised on the 2nd of November 2017 on ABC website

Gerard Collomb said the plaque in homage to Ilan Halimi, a French Jew murdered in 2006, was pulled off, thrown on the ground and covered with anti-Semitic writing.

Collomb noted that the plaque had previously been vandalized in 2015.

France's leading Jewish group, CRIF, said that this latest event highlights the country's persistent anti-Semitism.

Halimi was held and tortured for three weeks before being murdered in a suburb of Paris by a French criminal gang.

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