Search JTA's historical archive dating back to 1923

French Extremists Attacked by Jews

May 9, 1988
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

Members of a Jewish defense organization attacked extreme right-wing demonstrators Sunday, injuring eight. Two were in serious condition, according to police sources.

The demonstrators belonged to a right-wing royalist movement opposed to Jean-Marie Le Pen’s National Front, which they consider “too moderate.”

Police said some 30 hooded people armed with steel bars rushed at the extreme right-wing group as it was preparing to take part in Joan of Are celebrations in the center of Paris.

The attack lasted less than a minute and was described as “very violent.” The attackers hit at the demonstrators’ legs and heads. The two seriously wounded men suffer from serious head injuries including broken bones.

Police said 10 suspects have been arrested and four have been charged and put in preventive detention. The four, according to police sources, belong to the Jewish Combat Organization.

It is the same group that attacked the office of a right-wing publication last December and, on May 1, detonated small bombs outside the offices of four organizations close to the extreme rightwing National Front.

Recommended from JTA