Three men and a young girl were killed in Paris on Friday right ( 3 October) by a bomb which exploded outside a crowded synagogue.
LV & SV Woman sweeping away bomb damage debris in Paris and night, wrecked vehicle PAN OVER Debris (3 shots)
SV & LV Other wrecked vehicles (2 shots)
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SV & LV Broken glass, police gathered round, ambulance (4 shots)
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GV Jewish demonstrators chanting next day as they pass scene of blast (2 shots)
CU sign "Rue Copernic"
SV & LV Bomb damaged building as demonstrators continue to march past (4 shots)
SV Jewish demonstrators passing damaged building and down Champs Elysees (5 shots)
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Background: Three men and a young girl were killed in Paris on Friday right ( 3 October) by a bomb which exploded outside a crowded synagogue. Responsibility was claimed by a right-wing extremist group, the Faisceau National European (FNE). This organisation appeared after the Federation d'Action Nationale Europeene (FANE) was outlawed on September the third.
SYNOPSIS: The bombing took place in the exclusive Rue Copernic in the sixteenth arrondissement. Apart from the four people killed, another 20 were injured. The blast occurred just after sunset on the Jewish Sabbath. It appeared to have been caused by a bomb in a car parked outside the large synagogue. The car was blown to bits and pieces of glass and metal wee flung over a wide area. The bombing came after a sequence of attacks on Jewish targets in Paris over the last two weeks. Two other synagogues, two schools and a Jewish memorial have been shot at with machine guns. Prime Minister Raymond Barre described the attack as odious but did not believe there was a wave of anti-semitism brewing in France.
Thousands of angry demonstrators chanting "death to the Nazis" marched past the synagogue the next day (4 October). A wave of indignation swept through France over what was seen as the most serious wave of anti-semitism in the country since World War Two. The leaders of all political parties, were united in condemning the attack.
Interior Minister Christian Bonnet has been accused by his opponents of failing to take effective action against neo-nazi groups. Detectives Union leader, Jose Deltorn, claims the Interior Minister known the names of many police officers who were members of the banned FANE group.
Despite appeals for calm, France's 700,000-strong Jewish community has been shaken by what describes as a lack of government concern going back several years. Over the past four months there have been more than thirty attacks against Jewish targets in France. But, despite the arrests or right-wing sympathizers, the police have not found those responsible.