Synagogue Vandalized Near Marseille

Vandals broke into a synagogue in a Marseille suburb Saturday night and burned prayer books and Torah scrolls. Police are investigating, but have no clues.

The police said the synagogue’s main doors were forced open sometime during the night. Nothing was stolen. There were neither graffiti nor leaflets left behind to indicate the identity of the intruders.

The Marseille area is a stronghold of the extreme right-wing National Front, led by Jean-Marie Le Pen. The party appeals to racist sentiments and is accused of being anti-Semitic.

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