PARIS (May. 24)
Youthful vandals desecrated about 60 tombstones in the Saare-Union Jewish cemetery in eastern France last weekend.
There are only five Jewish families in Saare Union. Only a month ago, 90 tombstones were desecrated in the nearby Weiterswiller Jewish cemetery. The police arrested three teen-agers in connection with that incident. They were released after receiving what they called “a scolding.”
According to Saare-Union police, the latest vandalism may have been the work of very young teen-agers.
Some observers pointed out that Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the far right-wing National Front, received more votes in eastern France during his recent presidential bid than anywhere else in the country.