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French arrest Jewish man

Last updated: 2004-08-31

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French police have announced the arrest of a Jewish man in connection with what was first suspected to be an anti-Semitic arson attack on a Jewish centre in Paris last week.

Police have not publicly identified the suspect, but investigators say he is associated with the center. Earlier reports had termed him a recently laid-off center employee. Investigators now describe the suspect as "mentally unstable" and "more or less homeless."

The arson attack on August 22 destroyed the Jewish center, and anti-Jewish slogans and swastikas were scrawled inside. Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, who visited Paris shortly after the fire, urged harsher punishments in France for perpetrators of anti-Semitic attacks.

Story supplied by: VOAnews