France: Firebomb Attack on Jewish Supermarket in Sarcelles

September 19, 2012  

Two unknown attackers hurled firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at a Jewish supermarket in Sarcelles, near Paris, France on Wednesday.

According to JSS News, only one of the homemade firebombs actually exploded; the second proved to be a dud.

“It happened around noon,” Moshe Cohen-Sabban, president of the Jewish communities of Val d’Oise, told the AFP news agency.

But the incident appears to have been even more serious, according to the description by  Sammy Ghozlan, president of the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitic Acts (BNVCAA). Ghozlan said the two attackers threw “a grenade into the supermarket.” Both had their faces covered, he said.

One person was slightly wounded in the attack, which occurred at the kosher supermarket Naouri Sarcelles, in Sarcelles (Val d’Oise).

The city, a suburb of some 60,000 residents, is located north of Paris and is home to a flourishing Jewish community. It is sometimes referred to as “little Jerusalem.”

The town is home to a large population of former French Algerians and has been twinned with Netanya since 1988. It is also home to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, its former mayor and a former managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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