How the suspect, from a broadly secular background with a history of petty crime, was transformed into an alleged cog within extensive Islamic State cells operating in Belgium and France is unclear.
The incident was one of several cases in France in recent years in which criminals apparently singled out Jews based on the belief that they have money.
The November 2015 Paris attacks marked as the day defense establishment changed its perspective.
"It's a disgusting act of aggression," the mayor of Levallois-Perret said.
The alleged attackers surrounded the brothers, then kicked and punched them repeatedly while threatening that they would be murdered if they moved.
The individual cried out "Allahu Akbar" and police believe he wanted to carry out a terrorist attack.
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During his sentencing, Fofana refused to rise before his judges and described himself as a “trader of terror.”
The three women were being tracked after a car loaded with gas cylinders was found near Notre Dame cathedral at the weekend.
Born in France of Moroccan origin, Larossi Abballa, 25, had been under surveillance by French authorities as part of an investigation into a Syrian Jihadi cell.