Jewish cemetery desecrated in France

At least 18 tombstones at Cronenbourg cemetery found marked with swastikas.

January 27, 2010 20:06
police officer shows a member of the Jewish commun

desecrated graves France. (photo credit: AP)

A Jewish cemetery in eastern was desecrated Wednesday, with at least 18 gravestones marked with swastikas and overturned, police and Jewish officials said.

The desecration in a cemetery came as Jews marked the 65th anniversary of the liberation of death camp.

's main Jewish organization, CRIF, said at least 18 tombstones at the Cronenbourg cemetery were found marked with swastikas and 13 of them were overturned.

The CRIF's Marc Knobel said the inscription "juden raus" (Jews out) was found on one tomb.

President Nicolas Sarkozy "firmly condemns this unbearable act, the expression of odious racism," said a statement from his office. It asked that those responsible be quickly identified and their acts "treated with the severity called for."

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