French government promises better security for Jewish sites after new attacks

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, June 10 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

PARIS — France's government is pledging to spend more money protecting Jewish neighborhoods, while cracking down on anti-Semitism online following three new violent attacks.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls made the promise at a meeting Tuesday with Jewish leaders.

Valls said in a statement he had called the meeting after two people wearing Jewish skullcaps were injured Saturday in an attack in Villeurbanne in southeast France, and a Jewish youth was attacked Monday in Marseille.

He said police would maintain heightened security measures at Jewish schools, in place since a school shooting killed three children and a rabbi in Toulouse in March.

Since the shooting, 43 violent incidents and 105 threats or acts of intimidation targeting Jews have occurred, according to the Service for the Protection of the Jewish Community.

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