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Three boys charged over gang-rape of 12-year-old woman in Paris suburb

  • A police source said they forced the girl to have sex while uttering death threats

The shocking rape of a 12-year-old Jewish girl in an abandoned hangar in a Paris suburb has sparked fury in France as President Emmanuel Macron condemned the ‘scourge of anti-Semitism’ threatening French schools.

The girl from Courbevoie, in the Hauts-de-Seine suburb northwest of the French capital, told police on Monday that she had been raped at the weekend by three youths – one of whom she said was her ex-boyfriend. 

Investigators heard how the gang grabbed her while she was sitting in Courbevoie’s Henri Regnault square with her boyfriend and dragged her to a disused warehouse on the site of an old nursery nearby.

A police source said the youths ‘forced her to have anal and vaginal penetration, fellatio while uttering death threats and anti-Semitic remarks’ amid the heinous attack – as the ex-boyfriend reportedly accused the victim of ‘hiding her Jewish religion’.

Two of the suspects, both 13, were charged last night with gang rape, anti-Semitic insults and violence and issuing death threats, and held in custody.

The third boy, 12, was also charged with anti-Semitic insults and violence and issuing death threats, but not with rape. He was allowed to return home after being charged. 

The girl from Courbevoie, in the Hauts-de-Seine suburb northwest of the French capital, told police that she had been raped last weekend. She said she went to the Henri Regnault square (pictured) with her boyfriend when three teenagers grabbed her and took her to an abandoned hangar on the site of an old nursery nearby

The girl from Courbevoie, in the Hauts-de-Seine suburb northwest of the French capital, told police that she had been raped last weekend. She said she went to the Henri Regnault square (pictured) with her boyfriend when three teenagers grabbed her and took her to an abandoned hangar on the site of an old nursery nearby

Police set out to detain the attackers after a gynaecological examination at a local hospital on Monday confirmed the girl had been raped. 

The boys appeared in front of a judge yesterday afternoon and reportedly admitted to the crimes after the victim’s boyfriend was able to identify two of them. 

The girl’s former boyfriend told police that he was angry she hid being Jewish from him and wanted revenge, according to Le Parisien.

Investigators allegedly found anti-Semitic comments and images, including that of a burned Israeli flag, on the boy’s phone.

One of his friends reportedly told police that he had hit the girl because she said bad things about Palestine. 

France, which is home to Europe’s largest Muslim community, experienced a surge in anti-Semitic acts since Hamas’ October 7 attack on southern Israel that prompted a brutal retaliatory campaign by Israel in Gaza. 

President Emmanuel Macron condemned the 'scourge of anti-Semitism' threatening French schools

President Emmanuel Macron condemned the ‘scourge of anti-Semitism’ threatening French schools

The leaders of France’s Jewish community – the largest of any country outside Israel and the United States – expressed horror over the attack as Macron told parliament that more must be done to combat anti-Semitism in schools. 

Macron ‘spoke solemnly and seriously about the ‘scourge of anti-Semitism’ in a cabinet meeting, calling for ‘dialogue’ about racism and hatred of Jews in schools to prevent ‘hateful speech with serious consequences’ from ‘infiltrating’ classrooms, a government source told AFP. 

Meanwhile, France’s chief rabbi Haim Korsia wrote on X that he was ‘horrified’ and that ‘no-one should be excused in the face of this unprecedented wave of anti-Semitism’.

Courbevoie’s centre-right mayor Jacques Kossowski condemned what he called ‘an abject act’ and called for the perpetrators to be met with the full force of the law ‘whatever their age.’

Anti-Semitic acts in France increased three-fold in the first months of 2024, compared to the same period a year ago, official figures show.

Of the 1,676 anti-Semitic acts recorded in 2023, 12.7 per cent took place in schools.