Jewish Cemetery Desecrated in France
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Jewish Cemetery Desecrated in France

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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.

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