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'

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Demonstrators march in memory of Ilan Halimi in Paris, France, July 13, 2009.
Demonstrators march in memory of Ilan Halimi in Paris, France, July 13, 2009.Credit: Jacques Brinon/AP
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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.

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