France Shocked by Beating of Jewish Teen

Sarkozy vows to fight anti-Semitism after victim left in coma
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2008 8:18 AM CDT
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy walks past the Wall of Names during his visit to the Shoah Memorial, or Holocaust Memorial in Paris, on Friday, July 20, 2007.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Paris teenager was beaten into a coma yesterday in what Jewish groups are calling an anti-Semitic attack, the AP reports. In one account, about 15 people beat the 17-year-old, who was wearing a skullcap in eastern Paris. Authorities have detained five people for questioning, and President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for "total determination to fighting all forms of racism and anti-Semitism."