Grave of French Jew Murdered in 2006 Vandalized With anti-Semitic Writing

France's interior minister said unknown vandals' desecration of the plaque honoring Ilan Halimi was 'cowardly and odious'

Demonstrators march in memory of Ilan Halimi in Paris, France, July 13, 2009.
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France's interior minister has condemned the desecration of a prominent Jewish grave plaque near Paris by unknown vandals as "cowardly and odious."

Gerard Collomb said the plaque in homage to Ilan Halimi, a French Jew murdered in 2006, was pulled off, thrown on the ground and covered with anti-Semitic writing.

Collomb noted that the plaque had previously been vandalized in 2015.

France's leading Jewish group the CRIF said that this latest event highlights the country's persistent anti-Semitism.

Halimi was held and tortured for three weeks before being murdered in a suburb of Paris by a French criminal gang.