Three Jews wearing kippot were attacked on Saturday in the city of Villeurbanne, just outside Lyon in eastern France. Ten men armed with iron rods and hammers perpetrated what the French Interior Ministry has officially classified as an anti-Semitic attack.
Two of the three victims were hospitalized, one with injuries to the head, and the other with neck injuries.
The French police reported that the three victims, aged 19, 21 and 22, had been heading home when they were confronted by a gang of three, apparently Muslim, North Africans, Army Radio reported.
A verbal argument erupted, and the Africans summoned seven friends. When they arrived, the group attacked the young Jews with hammers, clubs and metal rods.
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault harshly condemned the incident saying “this is a serious case of unexplained violence.”
“We will fight anti-Semitism with the law, but through education as well,” Ayrault added.