French arrest Jewish man
Last updated: 2004-08-31
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.
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