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Candidate’s Office Bombed in France

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A powerful bomb did severe damage Tuesday night to the campaign headquarters of a prominent member of the Jewish community, Jean-Pierre Pierre-Bloch who is running for Parliament.

The walls of the building housing the offices were covered with anti-Semitic slogans, such as “Death to the Jews.”

Pierre-Bloch is a candidate of the center-right Rally for the Republic, the party headed by former Premier Jacques Chirac. He is fiercely opposed to any alliance with the extreme rightwing National Front, led by Jean-Marie Le Pen.

The police suspect the bomb and graffiti may have been the work of Le Pen supporters.

Anti-Semitic daubings were also found Tuesday on the walls of a war memorial in the city of Drancy, near Paris, where hundreds of thousands of Jews were once herded into a concentration camp to await deportation to Eastern Europe.

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