How horrible!

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    Attackers draw swastikas on woman riding train
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    Associated Press
    Jul. 12, 2004 11:40 AM


    PARIS - Six people attacked a young mother on a suburban Paris train, chopping off her hair and scribbling swastikas on her stomach in what leaders denounced Sunday as an example of growing anti-Semitism.

    As the 23-year-old woman was assaulted Friday, other train passengers watched but did nothing to help her or her infant child, who was knocked out of a stroller. Neither was seriously injured.

    President Jacques Chirac expressed a sense of "dread" over the attack, Jewish and Muslim leaders condemned it, and politicians of all stripes voiced shock as news of the incident emerged.

    "To be Jewish today in France has become an aggravating circumstance," said Sylvain Zenouda, of the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism.

    According to police, the band of teenage attackers, armed with knives, grabbed the woman's backpack, taking her money and credit cards. When they saw that her identification card said she lived in the 16th district of Paris, they told the woman: "There are only Jews in the 16th."

    The attack then became more than a robbery. Police said the suspects cut off the woman's hair and opened her shirt with their knives, using markers to draw swastikas on her stomach.

    Deputy Minister for Victims Rights Nicole Guedj called on commuters who witnessed the attack to step forward. "Those who can help must do so today," she said on LCI television. "It's the duty of every good citizen."

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    yet the french consider themselves as being "more sophisticated" than Americans!
     
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    Man, I'm not sure what's worse. The possiblity of something like that happening or someone lying about it....

    Woman admits making up story about swastika attack
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    Jul. 13, 2004 11:10 AM


    PARIS - Just days after claiming to having been the victim of a cruel anti-Semitic attack that stunned France, a young mother confessed she fabricated the story, authorities said Tuesday. The woman had claimed she was robbed on a suburban train Friday by a knife-wielding gang that mistook her for a Jew and scrawled swastikas on her body.

    Police could find no clues or witnesses and took the woman in for questioning Tuesday.

    There was no immediate explanation of the woman's motives for having made up the story.

    Reports of the attack in a suburban Paris train outraged France, drawing fierce condemnation from politicians and Jewish groups.

    The woman told police her young attackers were of North African and African origin and that none of some 20 witnesses in the train car came to her rescue. She said the gang robbed her and turned over a stroller holding her infant, causing the baby to tumble to the floor.

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    I am LMAO.

    Here is AP at their finest.

    First story - "while onlookers did nothing to help"

    Where do they get this stuff!
     

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