French minister condemns vandalizing of Jewish memorial
PARIS (AP) — France’s interior minister has condemned the desecration of a prominent Jewish memorial plaque near Paris by unknown vandals as “cowardly and odious.”
Gerard Collomb said the plaque in homage to Ilan Halimi, a French Jew murdered in 2006, was pulled off, thrown on the ground and covered with anti-Semitic writing.
Collomb noted that the plaque had previously been vandalized in 2015.
France’s leading Jewish group, CRIF, said that this latest event highlights the country’s persistent anti-Semitism.
Halimi was held and tortured for three weeks before being murdered in a suburb of Paris by a French criminal gang.