France boosts security at religious sites
PARIS (AP) – France is boosting security at Jewish and other religious sites after blanks were fired at a synagogue and police accused a suspected cell of radical Islamists of ties to a grenade attack on a kosher grocery.
President Francois Hollande sought to allay tensions between Jews and Muslims following a series of violent incidents in the country.
Hollande singled out hateful extremists for criticism and urged respect for all religions in a country that is officially secular, but which has Western Europe’s largest Jewish and Muslim communities.
Hollande said authorities should show “intransigence” toward racism and anti-Semitism, warning that “Any act, any remark will be prosecuted with the greatest firmness.”