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March Against Anti-semitism

Some 2000 Jews marched through the Paris suburb of Drancy today in a peaceful demonstration against the resurgence of anti-Semitism in France. The marchers first attended a religious ceremony at the site of the Drancy synagogue, which was burned down last month in what French Jewish organizations termed an anti-Semitic attack.

Drancy holds particularly painful memories for French Jews. Thousands were held in a transit camp during World War II before being sent to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps. Drancy’s Communist Mayor and several local members of Parliament participated in today’s march, which organizers said was aimed at drawing attention to all forms of racism in France.