Two French soldiers who posed in front of a Paris synagogue a few weeks ago while making an anti-Semitic gesture will be sanctioned by the French army.

The soldiers of the Alpine Hunters elite unit currently are the subject of an investigation, the French military’s spokesperson, Bruno Louisfert, told radio station RTL France Tuesday. He said they will be punished for the act.

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Louisfert said that they posed for the photograph in front of the entrance door to the Beth David synagogue with their left hand placed on their right shoulder and their right hand extended over their right thigh.

Dubbed the “quenelle,” the gesture is the brainchild of the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne, who invented several anti-Semitic words and gestures seen to be too vague to violate France’s law forbidding hate speech and Holocaust denial. The quenelle is thought to echo the Nazi salute.

In an unrelated incident, unidentified vandals caused serious damage to a Jewish school in Marseille in southern France on Tuesday. The same Chabad-affiliated elementary school, Haya Moushka, was targeted in a similar incident three years ago.

Tuesday’s attack left many shattered windows. The school’s toilets also were smashed, along with heating radiators.

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  1. Henri I'm half French (Pieds noir) as you probably already know and I served in the French Foreign Legion for 6 years. The French didn't run away like rabbits during the German Invasion, they lost in a period of 3 weeks as many soldier casualties than in the worst year in Verdun during the First World War meaning more than
    200 000 troops. I could go into paragraphs to how and why, but may I add one other fact; there were more French Pieds Noir soldiers killed per capita during the 2 world wars than ANZACS ! May I also finally add, there were more French civilians killed by allied bombing than by the invasion and occupation of Nazi soldiers…… Obviously 2 wrongs don't make a right, and history for "all" should be looked at in an objective perspective.

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