France: “put a cigarette out on his face because I didn’t like Jews.”

“Did Ilan die because he was Jewish?” Mr. Villepin promised to find out. “We owe you the truth. Indeed we owe it to the entire French nation,” he said.

Mr. Villepin, you and the entire French nation owe it to every Jew in the entire world. Unspeakable.

The brutal abduction and murder in Paris of a young Jewish man by a
gang of African immigrants called the Barbarians has shocked the whole
of France, which once again has been obliged to face its anti-Semitic
past. This is what France has come to. Riots  and now Barbarism.

The French attorney general believes Halimi was targeted “because he was Jewish and thus, as a Jew, presumed to be rich.” One teenage gang member admitted having put out a cigarette on Halimi’s face “because he didn’t like Jews.”

On February 11, four days after the abductors stopped communicating with the family, Halimi was found, still alive, not far from a railway line at Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois, about 15 kilometers south of Bagneux.
   He was naked, handcuffed, and bleeding profusely. He was incapable of speaking. His entire body — or “80% of it,” according to police — had been butchered. He died of his wounds on the way to the hospital, just a few minutes after he was discovered. New York Sun here.


HOLDING VIGIL : In Paris on February 19, over a thousand people participate in a silent march for Ilan Halimi

UPDATE: Still, Jew haters in the media are not sure though. From Fausta

Last night’s France2
newscast started with the question, "Was Ilan Halimi killed because he was
Jewish? We don’t know yet," while the the banner called it "La hypothese
antisemite" — the anti-Semitic hypothesis. Reuters does one better and refers to "the gang led by an
Ivory Coast immigrant with a Muslim name". The Beeb skirts the issue with
their video ‘Racist motive’ to French kidnap (go to right
sidebar, under video
), which doesn’t mention the word

Instead, France2 and the Beeb are looking for barbarians. The barbarians in question (link in French) is one of many gangs
that terrorize the banlieus (i.e., housing projects). Gang leader Yussef
Fofana,a Muslim, has left France and apparently gone to Ivory

Fifteen people, aged 17 to 32, were arrested last week in connection
with the death. Five have since been released

French investigators headed to Côte d’Ivoire on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Good on Sarkozy. Look, it’s gotta be Sarkozy in 2007 here

France: Anti-Semitic link in death
PARIS, France (Reuters) — French Interior Minister Nicolas
Sarkozy has denounced the torture and killing of a young Jewish man as an
anti-Semitic crime
and said police had found literature linking some suspects to
Muslim causes.

UPDATE February 22: The Man Who Would be President here hat tip Fausta

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