France boosts security at Jewish sites in wake of attacks

October 7, 2012 15:28

The French President Francois Hollande on Sunday promised the Jewish community a major increase in security after blank bullets were fired near a Parisian synagogue in the most recent in a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in France.

The BBC reported Hollande as saying there would be "total mobilization of the state to fight all terrorist threats" during a meeting with leaders of the country's Jewish community.

The security unit of France’s Jewish communities, SPCJ, reported that the shots fired on Oct 5 at the synagogue at Argenteuil, a northwest suburb of Paris, were fired just hours after the city’s chief prosecutor gave a news conference detailing the arrests of suspects in the recent bombing of a Jewish store.

In one of the Strasbourg raids, a suspect was shot and killed after he opened fire on police.

French police have meanwhile arrested an eleventh man whom they say may have been connected to a domestic terrorist cell of alleged jihadists, suspected of involvement in the bombing of a kosher supermarket in Sarcelles.

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