French boys charged with rape of 12-year-old Jewish girl

Amid recriminations between rival political parties campaigning for a national election later this month

By AFP
June 20, 2024
People attend a demonstration against anti-Semitism in front of Paris City Hall. — Reuters/File

PARIS: The gang rape of a 12-year-old Jewish girl sparked nationwide outrage in France with President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday condemning the “scourge” of anti-Semitism after two 13-year-old boys were charged.

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Amid recriminations between rival political parties campaigning for a national election later this month, hundreds took part in demonstrations against anti-Semitism in Paris and Lyon.

The girl told police she was approached by three boys aged between 12 and 13 whilst in a park near her home in the northwestern Paris suburb of Courbevoie on Saturday evening, police sources said.

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