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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Wednesday, 14 July 2004

Anti-semitic attack in Paris probably never happened

I wrote a few days ago about a shocking physical attack on a young woman, accompanied by her child in a pram, which apparently had taken place on a suburban train (RER) near Paris.

Now it transpires that the attack probably never happened:

"Cette mere de 23 ans a finalement avoue lors de sa garde a vue mardi au SRPJ de Cergy-Pontoise (Val d'Oise) qu'lle avait menti, a-t-on indique de sources policieres. Elle a reconnu s'etre dessine elle-meme les croix gammees sur le ventre."

My translation: This mother aged 23 years finally admitted whilst in police custody (at SRPJ, Cergy-Pontoise, Val d'Oise) that she had lied, according to police sources. She acknowledged that she had herself drawn the swastikas on her stomach.

I was alerted to this development by Un swissroll here.

The motivation of this young lady for inventing this 'attack' is not clear. Perhaps it was simply to gain attention. Perhaps (and all too likely, in my view) it was an expression of the deep antipathy which exists in France toward outsiders, North African arabs in particular. This incident highlights all too clearly the danger of emotions being inflamed by faked or exaggerated incidents for purposes which remain opaque at this stage.

UPDATE: (Monday 26JUL 22.45 BST) The young lady was sentenced today and given a four-month suspended sentence, as well as being placed on probation for two years and ordered to get psychiatric treatment. Her motive, as described in the linked article, sounds decidedly bizarre - hence, no doubt, the requirement that she undergo psychiatric treatment.

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