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Frenchwoman Fabricated Tale of Attack, Police Report

A woman who provoked a national wellspring of outrage and sympathy when she reported being accosted at knifepoint in an anti-Semitic attack on a commuter train has confessed to making up the story, the police said Tuesday. Her report of the attack, after a sharp increase in anti-Semitic incidents around France, caused President Jacques Chirac to vow to do everything “to find the authors of this shameful act” and led to fiery newspaper editorials and a call for a mass protest against anti-Semitism and racism, which was supposed to take place here on Monday. But when the police could not verify her harrowing story, they brought her in for further questioning and, they said, she then confessed to the fabrication. Full Story

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