France drops Norwegian rape case against firefighters

The body of the victim was found at the foot of his building in Lyon, in the south-east of France, on May 17 and the 51-year-old neighbor was arrested. But investigators did not initially charge him with a hate crime.

Last Sunday, anti-Semitism watchdog group BNVCA said it would seek to be a plaintiff in the case, citing its similarity to the 2017 murder of Sarah Halimi, a 65-year-old woman thrown out of her window into a case that sparked a national outcry. .

“After providing us with messages on social networks, the prosecution asked the judges to consider the aggravating circumstance of an act committed because of the ethnicity, nationality, race or religion of the victim” , Lyon prosecutor Nicolas Jacquet told AFP.

He did not provide sample messages, but Gilles-William Goldnadel, a lawyer and CNews television commentator, said on Twitter on Wednesday that the suspect challenged Goldnabel in messages, including one that told him to “remember of its origins”.

“It is no longer a question of telling us that it is the act of a mentally deranged person. The truth of anti-Semitism must no longer be hidden,” Goldnadel wrote.

France is grappling with a sharp increase in violence targeting its roughly 500,000 Jews, the largest community in Europe, in addition to jihadist attacks in recent years.

Halimi’s murder sparked particular outrage after the killer, who shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is the greatest” in Arabic), avoided trial because a judge determined he was under influence of drugs and not criminally responsible.

This prompted President Emmanuel Macron to call for a change in the law to ensure people are held accountable for violent crimes under the influence of drugs, which was passed in December 2021.

In 2018, 85-year-old Mireille Knoll was brutally stabbed in an attack by two men who allegedly searched for “hidden treasures” in her Paris apartment.