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Life Returns to Normal After ‘kidnapping’ Episode, but Orleans Jews’ Business is off

The lives of French Jews in this provincial city have returned to normal some three weeks after unfounded rumors were circulated that Jewish tradesmen were drugging and kidnapping women customers and selling them as white slaves to Middle East brothels.

Calm has returned to this Loire community, but Jewish shopkeepers in the city’s main shopping area are not doing the business that they once did. Most of them expressed a wish to continue living here in hopes that, with time, life will return to its old ways. One or two however still insist that they intend to emigrate to Israel.