Three Jews Assaulted in anti-Semitic Attack in Southeast France

Interior Ministry says attack with hammer and iron bar by ten assailants on three people in southeastern France was anti-Semitic.

The French Interior Ministry said on Sunday that an attack by 10 assailants on 3 people in southeast France was anti-Semitic, and has called for the assailants to be brought to justice. Two of the victims were hospitalized.

The office of Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday that police were mobilized to arrest those behind the attack a night earlier in Villeurbaine, near the city of Lyon.

The ministry said that the assailants wielded a hammer and an iron bar. One victim sustained an open wound to the head, and another suffered a neck injury. Both men wore skullcaps.

France is home to western Europe's largest Jewish community, estimated at about 500,000 people, and has intermittently faced bouts of violent anti-Semitism.

Much of France was shaken in March when a radical Muslim gunman shot dead a rabbi and three Jewish children in Toulouse, southwestern France.

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French Jews marching in Paris in March 2012.