An eight-year-old boy wearing a Jewish skullcap, or kippa, has been attacked in a suburb of the French capital, Paris, in what officials suspect is the latest case of anti-Semitic violence.
Two teenage suspects, who fled the scene, did not shout any insults or steal anything from the boy, who also wore a traditional Jewish belt.
President Emmanuel Macron has condemned it as “an attack on the republic”.
France’s Jewish community has voiced fears over rising anti-Semitism.
The suspects – believed to be around 15 – were hidden behind rubbish bins and attacked the boy as he walked to a tutoring class on Monday evening in the northern suburb of Sarcelles, which has a large Jewish community, prosecutors said.
They pushed the boy to the ground and beat him, they added. The boy was said to be well physically, but shocked.
In condemning the attack, Mr Macron said on Twitter (in French) that “every time a citizen is attacked because of their age, appearance or religion, the whole republic is attacked”.
Also on Twitter, Israel’s ambassador to France, Aliza Bin Noun, said she was “disgusted by the resurgence” of anti-Semitic violence.
France has Europe’s largest Jewish community and Jews have been targeted in several attacks in Paris in recent years:
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