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A young Jewish boy plays in a park in Jerusalem on June 08, 2010.

An eight-year-old Jewish boy was attacked by a group of teenage thugs in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles on Tuesday afternoon. The young boy was easily identifiable as a Jew, since he was wearing a kippa.

He was walking to a tutor when two teens approximately 15 years old knocked him to the ground and “struck him multiple times,” according to a police source who spoke with the French AFP news agency. The prosecutor’s office has retained anti-Semitism as a motive in the case, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweets support for victim of anti-Semitic attack outside Paris.
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“Every time a citizen is assaulted on the basis of his age, appearance or faith, the Republic as a whole is assaulted,” French President Emmanuel Macron declared on Twitter in response to the report, noting the child was attacked because he was wearing a kippa. “And it is the Republic as a whole today especially that stands alongside French people of the Jewish faith to fight these vile acts with them and for them.”

Earlier this month, a 15-year-old Jewish girl was slashed in the face while walking home from school in the same suburb. She was wearing her school uniform at the time she was attacked.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.