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France Vows to Protect Its Jewish Community After Stabbing

PARIS—Frances interior minister promised Sunday to protect Frances Jewish community from extremists after a double stabbing in Paris blamed on Islamic terrorism.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin visited a synagogue Sunday ahead of the evening start of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, and said more than 7,000 police and soldiers are protecting Jewish services this weekend. France has Europes largest Jewish community.

“I came to assure … members of Frances Jewish community of the protection of the state,” Darmanin told reporters. “Because we know that Jews are particularly targeted by Islamist attacks and we should obviously protect them.”

Darmanin defended authorities handling of a double stabbing Friday outside the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, saying intelligence services have prevented 32 potential terrorist attacks over the past three years.

Coordinated Islamic terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdos Paris newsroom and a kosher supermarket in January 2015 killed 17 people, and Fridays stabbing came as the trial into those attacks is under way.

The suspected assailant in Fridays attack told investigators that he was targeting Charlie Hebdo after it recently republished caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, according to a judicial official. Two people were wounded and several susRead More – Source