Kosher shops near Paris torched on anniversary of supermarket attack

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By AFP and TOI Staff.. Incident occurs exactly 3 years after deadly shooting at Hyper Cacher, and less than a week after 2 stores were vandalized with swastikas. Prosecutors said the Promo & Destock store in the southern Paris suburb of Creteil caught fire overnight, days after it was hit by anti-Semitic graffiti. “The damage is believed to be very severe,” Creteil prosecutor Laure Beccuau told AFP, adding that investigators do not believe the fire was accidental. She said that an investigation into the incident has been opened by the judicial police of the Val-de-Marne department. [Photo top right: A screenshot from a video of the scene outside kosher grocery store Promo & Destock in the Parisian suburb of Creteil, that was burned overnight on January 9, 2018, less than a week after it was hit by anti-Semitic graffiti. (Screen capture/AFP)].  The fire spread to the adjacent local branch of the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket chain, which was also vandalized last week, according to the prosecutor.

The incident occurred exactly three years after French jihadist Amedy Coulibaly took hostages at the Porte de Vincennes branch of Hyper Cacher in eastern Paris on January 9, 2015, killing five people before elite police raided the premises and shot him dead. Despite the timing, a source close to the investigation warned that “it is too early to discuss motivations for this act.”

Israel’s ambassador to France, Aliza Bin Noun, called the fire a “shameful provocation.” Read the full story.



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