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France seeks to boost marine energy - UPI.com

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CHERBOURG, France, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- France moved this week to accelerate the development of its marine renewable energy sector, hoping to tap the promising potential of its tidal basins.
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Integrating Muslims - losing patience with demands for separate rights and resources- Le Monde diplomatique

Integrating Muslims - losing patience with demands for separate rights and resources- Le Monde diplomatique | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it

In his 19th January letter to 1,000 mosque leaders, the UK communities secretary Eric Pickles asks how belief in Islam can be part of British identity — an acknowledgement by the government that there is lack of integration among Britain’s Muslim communities. The immediate response by Muslim leaders and organisations was typical: take umbrage and put up a “do not disturb” sign. But on 1st February the Muslim Council of Britain opened the doors of some mosques to the public as a gesture of goodwill and openness. However, it was no more than tokenism, and does not address the lack of integration. This issue is now of profound importance throughout Europe and many are losing patience with that “do not disturb” attitude of so many Muslim organisations and their demands for separate rights and resources.

One who is impatient is Ahmed Abutaleb, the Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam, who aroused much controversy when he bluntly told Muslims on live Dutch television on 13th January: “If you don’t like freedom, for heaven’s sake pack your bags and leave. If you do not like it here because some humorists you don’t like are making a newspaper, may I then say you can f*** off.” Such blunt comments have long been considered beyond the pale in mainstream political circles and in polite society at large. But Abutaleb’s terse view is probably shared by a majority of Europeans. The situation of Muslims in western society is now at the forefront of political thinking and will not go away. On the contrary, unease, disquiet, and tensions are likely to increase.

Whilst addressing Muslim radicalisation is now the highest priority, there are wider, societal, concerns about Muslims in the EU, which are deep-rooted. In France, an opinion poll conducted by IFOP in October 2012 found that 60% of respondents consider the influence and visibility of Islam in France are too high, and that 43% of French believe the presence of a Muslim community in France is a threat to the French identity; only 17% consider this is a source of enrichment.

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Climate Change Witch Hunters - Roger Pielke Jr.: I am Under 'Investigation'

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When “witch hunts” are deemed legitimate we will have fully turned science into just another arena for power politics.

From The Climate Fix blog site operated by Roger Pielke Jr.,  Professor at the University of Colorado’s Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, posted Feb. 25.

As some of you will already know, I am one of 7 US academics being investigated by US Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) who is the ranking member of the House of Representatives Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Rep. Grijalva has sent a letter to the president of my university requesting a range of information, including my correspondence, the letter is here in PDF.

Before continuing, let me make one point abundantly clear: I have no funding, declared or undeclared, with any fossil fuel company or interest. I never have. Representative Grijalva knows this too, because when I have testified before the US Congress, I have disclosed my funding and possible conflicts of interest. So I know with complete certainty that this investigation is a politically-motivated “witch hunt” designed to intimidate me (and others) and to smear my name.
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Cartoonist event cancelled in France due to security issues

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PARIS (AP) — A museum in the French city of Caen has cancelled its annual political cartoon festival due to concerns over security issues following recent terror attacks in Paris and Copenhagen.
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France reforms seek to tackle Muslim radicalisation

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France set out a package of reforms on Wednesday aimed at better integrating Muslims and preventing radicalisation in the wake of the recent jihadist attacks in Paris.

It outlined plans to set up a “dialogue forum”, tapping leading associations, intellectuals and other notable figures from the Muslim community for regular talks with the government.

Much of the focus will be on the training of Muslim preachers, trying to “encourage the emergence of a generation of imams fully engaged in the Republic”, an interior ministry source said.

Radicalisation in prisons is also central to the reform efforts.

Two of the three Paris attackers are thought to have been radicalised in prison, where a chronic shortage of Muslim chaplains — there are only 180 nationwide — has often ceded spiritual guidance to extremists.

France’s strict secularity laws make it illegal to count people by their religion or ethnicity, but a report on prisons by an opposition MP last year estimated that 60 percent of the prison population (roughly 40,000 people) were Muslim.
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Space Intel Gives France Policy Independence

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France draws on its own system of military intelligence satellites to deliver geospatial intel, a resource seen as key to political independence and used for sharing valuable data with the armed forces and allies, a defense official said.

That geospatial or geointel capability is intended to support an "autonomous appreciation" of conflicts such as Ukraine by the French Defense Ministry, the chiefs of staff and political leaders, the official said, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The geointel approach is being used to track Islamist insurgents in Iraq and Syria, and in the Sahel sub-Saharan Africa.

The Military Intelligence Department inaugurated its joint office for geointel in January, at the Creil airbase.
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Austria Passes Reforms to 1912 Islam Law, France is planning similar BUT...

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The head of the Diyanet (in Turkey), Mehmet Görmez, said it was a "huge mistake" that would throw Austria's tradition of tolerance towards Islam "back 100 years." He added:

"Countries come together from time to time on the grounds of security concerns and try to construct a version of Islam peculiar to their own countries, rather than increase the freedoms that would lead to unity and remove obstacles before the religious education and services, and make an effort to remove anti-Islamic sentiments and Islamophobia.

"Countries cannot have their own version of Islam. Islam is universal and its sources are clear. Therefore, religion is not a matter of engineering. I would like to restate that efforts taken by state leaders to create a version of Islam that is particular to their own countries are futile."

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France unveils reforms to tackle Muslim radicalisation

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France set out a package of reforms on Wednesday aimed at better integrating Muslims and preventing radicalisation in the wake of the recent jihadist attacks in Paris.

It outlined plans to set up a "dialogue forum", tapping leading associations, intellectuals and other notable figures from the Muslim community for regular talks with the government.

Much of the focus will be on the training of Muslim preachers, trying to "encourage the emergence of a generation of imams fully engaged in the Republic", an interior ministry source said.

Radicalisation in prisons is also central to the reform efforts.

Two of the three Paris attackers are thought to have been radicalised in prison, where a chronic shortage of Muslim chaplains – there are only 180 nationwide – has often ceded spiritual guidance to extremists.

France's strict secularity laws make it illegal to count people by their religion or ethnicity, but a report on prisons by an opposition MP last year estimated that 60 percent of the prison population (roughly 40,000 people) were Muslim.
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A French Lesson for American Liberals

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After the horrifying terror attacks in Europe over the past several weeks, a compelling international leader has emerged in the fight against Islamic radicalism: France, particularly its Socialist government. In the aftermath of the assaults in Paris on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices and HyperCacher kosher supermarket in January, the French left has begun reclaiming its long-standing principles of secularism and liberalism, which in recent years took a back seat to multiculturalism and political correctness...

In formulating its response, the French left is reasserting two of its founding principles. The first was a product of the Enlightenment and the great 18th-century thinker, Voltaire : secularism. (In many ways, Charlie Hebdo itself is a vulgar heir to a rich French secular tradition of antireligious satire.) The second principle, civic unity, was articulated best by Voltaire’s philosophical opponent, Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He argued for republican unity, the notion that partial, private interests need to be subordinated to a universal but civic good.

Understanding these doctrines helps convey their value to the terror debate. Secularism first arose in fervent opposition to France’s established religion, the Catholic Church, which was aligned with the ancien régime. The left’s effort to separate religion from public life succeeded in 1905 when France undertook major legal reform, permitting freedom of private worship but denying the church state funding. Public education was also made fully secular.

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St Paul-de-Vence: Rolling with the rich - Travel - NZ Herald News

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I have recently returned from a plush hotel in St Paul-de-Vence, near Nice, France. Thanks to St Paul's artistic antecedents -- Picasso, Chagall and Matisse were village regulars -- the old centre overflows with galleries featuring artists no one's ever heard of. I find the art overkill tedious. The hotel, on the other hand, is a cracker.

Built on a ridge out from the village, the Mas de Pierre is a series of stone buildings -- bastides, they call them around here -- engulfed by the sort of Mediterranean gardens that always appear to be on the point of breaking loose. It looks as if it's been there forever, although it's barely 10 years old.

 
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After Babies Are Switched in France, a Lesson in Maternal Love

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When Sophie Serrano finally held her daughter, Manon, in her arms after the newborn, suffering from jaundice, had been placed under artificial light, she was taken aback by the baby's full head of glossy hair.
"I hadn't noticed it before and it surprised me," Serrano said in an interview at her home here in southern France, not far from the Cote d'Azur.

Serrano, now 39, was baffled again a year later, when she noticed that her baby's hair had grown frizzy and that her skin color was darker than hers or her partner's.

But her love for the child trumped any doubts. Even as her relationship unraveled, in part, she said, over her partner's suspicions, she painstakingly looked after the baby until a paternity test more than 10 years later showed that neither she nor her partner was Manon's biological parent. Serrano later found out that a nurse had accidentally switched babies and given them to the wrong mothers.

The story made headlines in France for the first time this month, when a southern court ordered the clinic in Cannes where the babies were switched, as well as the clinic's insurer, to pay a total of 1.88 million euros ($2.13 million), to be split by the families. The money, Serrano said, would repair "an invaluable damage" and put an end to a 12-year ordeal.

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France awaits landmark ruling on 'racial profiling' ID checks

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In the wake of last month’s terror attacks, French people of ‘Muslim appearance’ complain of being arbitrarily stopped by police
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New terror alert in Paris as drones are spotted flying above landmarks

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Paris is on alert for a new terror attack after 'at least' five drones were spotted illegally flying around city landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Bastille Square and the U.S. embassy building. Unmanned aircraft were also spotted flying overnight near the French capital's Place de la Concorde and the Invalides military museum, where Napoleon Bonaparte is buried.  French security sources where unable to catch the operators of the drones, which are typically fitted with video recording equipment and can be used for surveillance of a terror target to assess security levels and any spikes in pedestrian football ahead of a planned attack. 

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French Nuclear Industry Faces Shake-Up Amid Areva Loss

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The French nuclear sector is going through a very difficult phase and nuclear reactor maker Areva may need a recapitalisation and restructuring to cope with losses. In the end, France will have to curtail its ambitions, try to finish those projects that Areva has on its order book and make sure that the thousands of nuclear researchers in France will make further advances in next generation reactors.
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Airbnb vows to comply with Paris lodgings tax

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he city of Paris appeared to have buried the hatchet with Airbnb on Thursday after the short-term rental website promised to comply with city regulations to start collecting a lodgings tax. Paris is the No. 1 destination for Airbnb users.

It was all smiles and handshakes when Airbnb’s CEO Brian Chesky appeared before the cameras with Deputy Mayor Bruno Julliard at the Town Hall in Paris.

“We had a very cordial discussion,” said the deputy mayor, while Chesky hailed the French capital as Airbnb's "Number one city".

The meeting came two weeks after Parisian hotel owners penned a letter to Prime Minister Manuel Valls, angered by what they describe as “unfair” competition from the San Francisco-based rental website
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Terence Corcoran: The last climate science witch hunt

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It must be getting cold in the climate science greenhouse, so cold the denizens have taken to hunting witches and burning them to keep their theories of climate change alive.... In the end it is the warmists who will come out of this looking like the pathetic political witch hunters they are, the self-proclaimed 97-percenters who are really much smaller in number and are clinging to science theories and climate models that now appear to be less than reliable. Christopher Essex, a professor of mathematics at the University of Western Ontario, entertainingly describes the state of mainstream climate science in another commentary on this page. He also calls for fresh unorthodox thinking. “Research must transcend the zeitgeist,” he writes. And the witch hunts.

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‘No reason’ for Prophet Mohammed to be on new Charlie Hebdo cover, says editor

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As the latest Charlie Hebdo issue hit the newsstands Wednesday, editor Gérard Biard told FRANCE 24 that it’s back to business, with the magazine taking on familiar bêtes noires, which do not include Islam.

The second Charlie Hebdo issue to be published since the January 7 deadly attack on the weekly features a dog with a copy of the magazine clamped in its jaws, being chased by a herd of figures. They include far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the pope, a jihadist and a businessman.

“Here we go again!” reads the headline.


Speaking to FRANCE 24 on Wednesday, Biard said that, “[The Prophet] Mohammed had no reason to be on this one”, noting that the new issue marks a return to lampooning the old establishment figures. “It [takes on] the old pests who have never let us down, and [the Prophet] Mohammed is not a pain-in-the-ass -- that was an image manipulated by the terrorists.
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At Liliane Bettencourt Trial, a Rare Glimpse Into the Lives of France's Wealthy

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BORDEAUX, FRANCE:  For five weeks, a French version of "Downton Abbey" has been unfolding in a courtroom here, providing a rare glimpse into the discreet lives of the ultrarich.

 

The real-life drama, set in an Art Moderne mansion in Neuilly-sur-Seine, an exclusive town west of Paris, features a cast that includes long-serving chambermaids, cooks and butlers who tended to one of the world's richest women, whom they call "Madame." There are also high-powered lawyers, advisers and confidants accused of exploiting her fading mental state to plunder cash, artworks, life insurance and a private Seychelles island.

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Stage Set For Syrian Invasion (As French MP Emissaries Excoriated In Paris) | Zero Hedge

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One week ago, when reporting on the latest bizarre plan presented by the Pentagon, namely providing Syrian rebels (but only the moderate ones, not the jihadists like al Nusra, or, well, ISIS) with B-1B Bomber air support in their attacks on ISIS, when we wrote that this "means in the coming weeks and months look forward to a surge in false flag "attacks" blamed on the Assad regime, aiming to give Obama validation to expand the "War against ISIS" to include Syria's regime as well." We didn't have long to wait: in an entirely unsourced Time article written today by Aryn Baker, the Middle East Bureau Chief, the stage for the second attempt at invading Assad regime is finally set.
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French-Syrian relations thaw claims Al-Monitor as emissaries are attacked back home

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the French bloc in the Quai d’Orsay and the Elysee, which is hostile to Damascus, is no longer coherent. 

It is, however, too early to predict a rapid change in the French position. Yet, it is the first step made by a state that was and continues to be the leader in obstructing any chance to reconsider the position toward Syria within the EU, which is claimed by countries such as Italy, Spain, Sweden and the Czech Republic. France, along with Britain, took the initiative to impose sanctions on Damascus, and to form a Friends of the Syrian Group opposition, and worked for three years on managing the diplomatic war against Damascus.

The role of the four parliament members should not be underestimated in the French parliamentary and political scene, nor in terms of the decision-making process. The socialist parliament member and cardiologist Gerard Bapt represents an important parliamentary current in handling ties in the Mashriq through the Franco-Lebanese and Franco-Syrian friendship associations. He is also a close associate of President Francois Hollande.
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An interesting reaction given how strongly the French MPs have been attacked and ridiculed by anti-Assad lobbies in Paris.  It was President Hollande who was the most gung ho European to want to bring down Assad before the Deash terror caused the West to switch sides again.

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Have Jews ever been safe in France?

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Will the French find ways to contain the already vast and still growing threat of extremist terrorism and protect the future of a free and democratic France? Or will they through political correctness and fear allow innocent citizens to fall victim to a swamp of intolerance and fanaticism? Will they pay greater attention to the protection of a dwindling Jewish population, or yield to the blatant hatred of Islamic terrorism? Like all people who love freedom and revere justice and equality, I wonder if the current display of solidarity to core democratic principles will make any difference to the twisted minds of bloodthirsty religious fanatics who seem to be growing unabated on the planet.

I wish I were more optimistic. The contribution of the comparatively small Jewish community of France, which represents less than one percent of the nation’s population, has hoisted France into one of the highest cultural orbits on the planet.

In my opinion, the Jewish population, out of fear and self-preservation, will dwindle and move to more welcoming environments like Israel or the United States. Imagine how many of France’s potentially Nobel Prize-winning intellectuals, scientists and artists will be lost, many of whom will go on to help advance the human race.
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Over a quarter of British Muslims have sympathy for the Charlie Hebdo terrorists. That is far too many - Telegraph

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This morning the BBC published details of a major poll of the attitudes of Britain’s Muslims. The headline on the front of the BBC website linking to the research states: “Muslims ‘oppose cartoon reprisals’”. This of course relates to attitudes within the Muslim community towards the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks....

We are going to have to start to reassess what we mean by “moderate Islam”. At the moment, we essentially define a moderate Muslim as any Muslim who doesn’t go around blowing things up, or who doesn’t go round overtly advocating other people should blow things up. It’s ludicrously simplistic, sickeningly patronising, and actually represents a form of inverted racism.
More importantly, it also has the practical effect of marginalising and undermining the significant number of genuinely moderate Muslims who want nothing to with the “I wouldn’t have done it myself, but…” Charlie Hebdo apologists within their community.
If you think the Paris killings were justified - in any way - then you’re not a moderate. By definition, you’re an extremist. Fine, you’re not a terrorist. But just because you wouldn’t personally walk into a Jewish supermarket and start indiscriminately murdering people does not of itself make you a case study in moderation. We set the bar a little higher than that.
Over a quarter of British Muslims have some sympathy with the Charlie Hebdo attacks. That is sickening, reprehensible and unacceptable. And we have to say so. Rather than patting the other three quarters who don’t have sympathy on the head, and saying “Well done. You’re the good Muslims”.

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French Govt Unveils a Plan to Promote Dialogue With Muslims

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French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve proposed a plan Wednesday aimed at promoting a better dialogue with France's Muslim community, that includes training imams at university.

The plan would promote an Islam "faithful to the values of the Republic," Cazeneuve said, insisting on France's tradition of secularism. The creation of a new representative body would help Muslim leaders and French authorities address issues such as security, prevention of radicalization and preventing anti-Muslims acts, he said.

This body would meet with the government twice a year, on a model inspired by the dialogue the French government has had with leaders of the Catholic church since 2002. The French government also regularly consults with Jewish community leaders via the country's main Jewish organization, the CRIF council.
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Europe’s Kids Are Moody and Depressed

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European millennials have suffered disproportionately from their countries’ recent economic troubles. Roughly one-in-two young people in Spain and Greece are unemployed. In the face of this challenge, young Europeans often view themselves as victims of fate. And it’s a troubling state of affairs when a majority believes that they have no agency on the world around them or their future. Roughly half or more millennials in six of the seven European Union nations surveyed by the Pew Research Center last year, for instance, believe that “success in life is pretty much determined by forces outside our control.” That includes 63 percent of young Germans and Italians and 62 percent of young Greeks and Poles.

Don’t blame moody millennials. The sentiment is more cultural than generational issue: the same Pew survey shows that older Europeans similarly lack a sense of agency. But when a people, especially a young generation, thinks it has no power to affect the trajectory of its economy and society then they are unlikely to invest the effort to create a better future.
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Controversy over Jewish leader's 'Marine Le Pen irreproachable' comment

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described Front National (FN) chief Marine Le Pen as "irreproachable", despite her party being often accused of anti-Semitism.

Roger Cukierman, the head of the Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF), told Europe 1 radio that, due to its tainted past, he would not vote for the far-right party, although Le Pen's personal record is immaculate.

"In the Jewish community we are all well aware that behind Marine Le Pen, who is personally irreproachable, there are all sort of holocaust deniers and supporters of Vichy and Pétain," he said.

Cukierman went on to say FN was not responsible for any of the recent attacks and episodes of violence suffered by France's Jewish community.

"Today all violence is perpetrated by young Muslims," he said. "Of course it is just a little minority of the Muslim community and Muslims are the first victims [of this].
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Monument at synagogue in northern France vandalized

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A Holocaust-era monument at a synagogue in northern France was destroyed in a vandalism incident.
The vandalism at the synagogue in Elbeuf was discovered last week, the news website normandie-actu.fr reported.
Red paint was thrown on yellow stars that pro-Nazi French collaborators drew on the synagogue in 1942. The stars had been preserved as a somber reminder of that period in French history. The synagogue is not used by a Jewish community.
Police were looking for the perpetrators, the report said.
Elbeuf Mayor Djoude Merabet said the act was anti-Semitic.
“A little over 70 years after what happened here, this act is clearly the disgusting fruit of the anti-Semitism that is manifested [also] in the profanation of Jewish cemeteries,” he  said.
French watchdog groups on anti-Semitism and the CRIF umbrella group of Jewish communities have said that most anti-Semitic attacks in France are being perpetrated by a minority of radicals from within the country’s Muslim community.
CRIF President Roger Cukierman reiterated this assertion on Monday during a radio interview, drawing condemnation from the French Council of the Muslim Faith. A spokesman from the group told the French media that his organization would pull out of the CRIF annual dinner in reaction to Cukierman’s statement, which the spokesman called “”irresponsible and unacceptable.”
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