An attack against “Jewish targets” during the Olympics? A 19-year-old man arrested and imprisoned in Paris

An attack against “Jewish targets” during the Olympics? A 19-year-old man arrested and imprisoned in Paris
An attack against “Jewish targets” during the Olympics? A 19-year-old man arrested and imprisoned in Paris

The two suspects, domiciled in the Paris region, were “in touch via social networks”, indicates a judicial source. “They are accused of having considered committing violent action, targeting, in particular, Jewish targets”, without these targets being specified.

Growing phenomenon

“The investigations, which will continue within the framework of the judicial information”, opened by the national anti-terrorism prosecution (Pnat), “will aim in particular to clarify the nature of the project”, added the judicial source. No details on the profiles of the two young men and how they were spotted have been communicated.

Anti-terrorism magistrates are concerned about the increasing appearance in recent months of adolescents or young adults in cases involving violent action plans.

“This is a necessarily worrying phenomenon,” Olivier Christen, the anti-terrorism prosecutor, judged on Wednesday during a presentation hearing.

Tribute to the Courbevoie victim

This case comes in a context marked by the anti-Semitic rape of a 12-year-old girl in Courbevoie (Hauts-de-Seine) which aroused strong emotion in the Jewish community and beyond.

Two 13-year-old boys were indicted and imprisoned on Tuesday, notably for gang rape, death threats, insults and anti-Semitic violence.

A third, aged 12, placed under the status of assisted witness for the rape and indicted for the other offenses, was the subject of a provisional educational measure.

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