An 8-year-old boy wearing a kippah was hit by two young men on Monday. An assault condemned by Emmanuel Macron.
An 8-year-old Jewish boy wearing a kippah was beaten on the evening of January 29 by two young people in Sarcelles (Val-d'Oise), an attack on which the Pontoise public prosecutor's office announced on Tuesday. "Retained the antisemitic motive".
The child was assaulted while on his way to a tutoring class, the prosecutor's office said. "They made him fall to the ground and beat him", added a police source. According to the victim, the perpetrators were about fifteen years old.
"The perpetrators did not verbalize during the attack and did not steal any objects belonging to the victim, whose kippah was visible", detailed the floor, for whom "The antisemitic mobile is therefore retained for the moment". No total interruption of work (ITT) was delivered to the victim. The investigation was entrusted to the departmental security.
This aggression was condemned by the Head of State and the Minister of the Interior. "An 8-year-old boy was attacked today in Sarcelles. Because he was wearing a kippah. Every time a citizen is attacked because of his age, his appearance or his confession, the whole Republic is attacked. "responded Emmanuel Macron on his Twitter account.
A "cowardly aggression, contrary to our values"
Gerard Collomb condemned in a statement "With the greatest firmness [this] cowardly aggression who is "Contrary to our most fundamental values".
On January 10, a Jewish teenage girl on her way to school was hit in the face by a hooded individual in Sarcelles, where a large Jewish community lives. Associations and the president of the Jewish Consistory had denounced an aggression to the anti-Semitic mobile; qualification which is not retained by the prosecutor at this stage.
The president of the Consistory, Joel Mergui, had worried in mid-January about a "Strong upsurge of anti-Semitic acts" and called on the Minister of the Interior to " stem " this "Dangerous spiral".
The number of anti-Semitic acts committed in France nevertheless fell by 7% in the first eleven months of 2017, with a significant fall (-58.5%) in 2016, according to data from the Ministry of the Interior.