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I hope there's not going to be too much doubt about this affair -- whispered by President of the Ile-de-France, recorded by France 2 television.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Tuesday, July 13, 2004


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David Irving comments:

THERE HAS been a long and painful series of media reports in recent years recording alleged anti-Semitic outrages -- which every right-minded citizen condemns -- but which then turn out to be the product of a fevered imagination, or perhaps of a disordered brain.
   We do not of course condemn the unfortunate souls who raise these allegations in the first place; they deserve our sympathy in every respect.
   We condemn the media who print the stories without question, pandering to the Jewish bodies on which they are seemingly financially dependent, and the criminal organisations who try to profit from them and even to adduce them as evidence for the need for further oppressive laws restricting the basic human rights of free speech and thought.

Mother, baby train attack in doubt

From correspondents in Paris

DOUBTS arose today over an alleged anti-Semitic attack on a mother and her baby on a Paris suburban train.

The alleged attack, in which the woman said a gang of six youths cut her clothes and drew swastikas on her body, has drawn fierce condemnation from politicians, civil rights groups and Jewish associations.

National newspapers gave it front-page prominence under such headlines as "The Train of Hate" and "Vile and Stupid".

But police sources today said they were puzzled by "contradictions" that had emerged since the alleged incident on Friday [July 9] and the lack of confirming evidence.

The woman said the alleged attackers had believed her to be Jewish when they found out she lived in Paris' upper-class 16th arrondissement, and had tipped over the baby carriage holding her 13-month-old child.

"Only Jews live in the 16th district," one of the attackers was quoted by the press as saying.

But investigators said closed-circuit cameras at the station where the 23-year-old woman said the attackers had alighted did not reveal the presence of six youths.

Police were continuing to check all video-surveillance cameras along the line, and officers rode the trains in search of witnesses.

Railway personnel at the ticket office where the woman said she reported the affair could remember nothing about it, the investigators said.

Frank Carabin, a representative of a police officer's union, said it was curious that no witnesses had come forward, and added that there were inconsistencies in the woman's statement.

"The inquiry is continuing, but with uncertainties," he said.

Another police union official, Bruno Beschizza, said, "Contradictions have appeared. There are not enough elements of proof."

A 28-year-old man said he had seen the woman on the platform of the station where she said she boarded the train before the attack. He said her clothes were torn and she was crying. "I asked her if she wanted help, and she said no," the man said.

The woman, identified only as Marie L. spent more than an hour with the secretary of state for victim's rights, Nicole Guedj. She left in a car with darkened windows without giving comment to the media.

Later, politicians appeared to be backing away from the story.

"I hope there's not going to be too much doubt about this affair," the president of the Ile-de-France region whispered to Guedj in an aside recorded and broadcast by France 2 television.

© Queensland Newspapers


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