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Jewish school bus attacked with stones in Paris
Wed Apr 10, 4:05 PM ET
PARIS - A school bus carrying Jewish students in Paris was bombarded with stones Wednesday, news reports said, drawing immediate condemnation from the Paris mayor and renewed pleas for religious tolerance.
Synagogues and Jewish schools and cemeteries around the country have been targeted, often with firebombs, in the last two weeks. In the most serious case, a Marseille synagogue was burned to the ground on March 31.
Mayor Bertrand Delanoe issued a statement Wednesday saying he was "profoundly shocked by the intolerable aggression against a bus carrying students from a Jewish school" in the north of Paris.
RTL radio reported that stone throwers attacked the bus Wednesday afternoon, causing minor injuries to one of the students.
The spate of attacks have coincided with an escalation in Middle East violence and have heightened tension between French Jews and the country's large Muslim community.
France's leaders have denounced the attacks and increased security at Jewish religious sites around the country.
Prime Minister Lionel Jospin reiterated his "total condemnation" of the violence in an interview on France-2 television Wednesday night.
"No matter what is happening in the Middle East ... anti-Semitic acts are totally unacceptable," Jospin said. "We must keep the peace on our soil."
"We can and we must live together in harmony," Jospin said.
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