Tsion Sylvain Saadoun, a teacher at a Jewish school who was attacked on 18 November. Photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Photos
A Muslim lady was wounded with a box cutter in a race-hate attack following the Paris terrorist atrocities, France’s interior minister has mentioned.
Bernard Cazeneuve condemned the assault and yet another attack on a Jewish teacher as “cowardly” and urged French citizens to keep in mind the “values of the Republic”.
The assaults came on Wednesday, the day French police raided an apartment block in a Paris suburb in the hunt for Islamic State militants suspected of carrying out Friday’s massacre in the capital, killing 129 people.
The young lady, who was wearing a veil, was punched and slashed as she left a metro station in Marseille, in the south of France, by a individual who allegedly made comments about her religious dress. She was taken to a nearby hospital.
A second racially-motivated assault took spot at about 8pm in the port city’s 13th district when a teacher from a Jewish religious school was stabbed by a group who shouted anti-Semitic slurs and comments “glorifying terrorism”.
French media reported the gang of 3 guys claimed to support Isis and the man was stabbed in the leg.
A statement from the Interior Ministry stated: “
“Everything is carried out to uncover and question these accountable for these unspeakable acts, who should face justice.
“Bernard Cazeneuve reminds the total government’s determination to combat all forms of racism and anti-Semitism, and to severely punish advocating terrorism.
“More than ever, the French must come with each other about the values of the republic.”