July 5, 2012
French teen is beaten in anti-Semitic attack on train
A French Jewish teenager was the victim of a violent anti-Semitic attack on a train traveling between Toulouse and Lyon.
The victim, 17, reportedly is a student at Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, where an Islamist gunman shot and killed three students and a teacher in March.
He was accosted verbally before he was beaten by two assailants Wednesday night, the French news service AFP reported. Another passenger and train conductors reportedly came to his aid.
The teen was wearing what the French Interior Ministry called “a distinctive religious symbol,” according to AFP.
Railroad authorities reported the assailants to police but neither had been called in for questioning by Thursday morning.
The French Jewish umbrella group CRIF in a statement called the attack “another development in the worrying trend of anti-Semitism in our country.”