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The stele in memory of Ilan Halimi once again desecrated

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – ALAIN JOCARD – | The plaque in tribute to Ilan Halimi in Bagneux, May 5, 2015

The stele in Bagneux (Hauts-de-Seine) in tribute to the memory of Ilan Halimi, a young Jew killed in 2006 by the “gang of barbarians”, was again profaned, said Wednesday the mayor of the city .

The plaque, located in a communal park, was discovered on the morning of All Saints’ Day by a couple of walkers, “covered with anti-Semitic inscriptions and insults,” explained Marie-Hélène Amiable, joined by AFP. “It probably happened that night,” said the communist mayor.

A swastika, the slogan “free Fofana” – the leader of the “gang of barbarians” under lock and key – and the name “Hitler” were included on the stele, told AFP the floor of Nanterre.

An investigation is opened for “voluntary degradation”, entrusted to the territorial security of Hauts-de-Seine. The scientific police took the stele for further analysis.

The stele commemorating Ilan Halimi was erected in 2011, five years after his death, in the city where he was sequestrated and tortured by the “barbarian gang”, a group that was convinced he could get a ransom from his Jewish family.

It had already been broken in 2015 and quickly replaced. The culprits have not been found.

“Of course there will be a new stele,” said Amiable. “Such acts are an insult to this young person and to all those who fight against anti-Semitism and racism”.

In a statement published on the website of the town hall, she denounced the profaners, who “attack the foundation of our Republic: living together, fraternity, tolerance.”

This new anti-Semitic act provoked outrage on Wednesday afternoon. On the social networks, the LR deputy of Alpes-Maritimes, Eric Ciotti, denounced an “abject” desecration. LR Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi expressed “anger and indignation”. Jerome Guedj, PS departmental councilor of Essonne, has made known his “disgust” and his “lassitude”.

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