Youth attends the Toulouse school where an Islamist gunman shot dead three children earlier this year; insulted and beaten on Toulouse-Lyon train line.
Firefighter vehicles parked at the entrance of a street in Toulouse where police were carrying out a raid on the house of the suspect in the Toulouse shooting, March 21, 2012. Photo by AP
A French Jewish teenager, who attends the Toulouse school where Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah shot dead three children in March, has suffered a violent anti-Semitic attack on a train, French media reports said on Thursday.
The attack on Wednesday took place on a train travelling between Toulouse, which is in the south-west, and the city of Lyon in the south-east, Le Figaro newspaper reported, quoting an interior ministry statement.
“A teenager aged 17 wearing a distinctive religious symbol, who attends Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, was taken to task and insulted by two individuals,” the ministry was quoted as saying.
He was then attacked near the toilets “by the same two individuals, who beat him up,” the statement said, adding that the attack ended when a fellow passenger and train conductors intervened.