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Chirac to Tackle Anti-Semitism and Muslim Slums of Bitterness

Reflecting concern that disaffected Muslim youths are behind anti-Semitic acts in France, President Jacques Chirac on Monday called an emergency high-level meeting to approve measures to stop attacks on Jewish sites. The meeting, which was attended by Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, approved a package that included tougher policing and prosecution, but also sweeping urban renewal investments to clean up neighborhoods thought to breed Islamic extremism. “Anti-Semitism is contrary to all the values of France,” Mr. Chirac told reporters. Recalling that Jews had lived in French lands for centuries, he added, “Our Jewish compatriots are at home in France, as is each and every one of our compatriots.” Mr. Chirac was moved to speak out by the latest attack on a Jewish site in France. Early on Saturday, a Jewish school building in Gagny, north of Paris, was destroyed in an arson attack. Full Story

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