An 8-year-old Jewish boy in France was beaten by strangers for wearing a kippa, the last in a string of anti-Semitic attacks.
The unidentified child was mugged by two young men in the Parisian suburb of Sarcelles on Tuesday, and French President Emmanuel Macron echoed prosecutors sentiments that he was attacked because of the symbol of his religion.
“Every time a citizen is attacked because of his age, his appearance or his faith, the whole Republic is attacked,” the president posted on Twitter.
Macron vowed to stand alongside the French Jewish community, which has recently seen a recent spate of violent incidents including another in Sarcelles, known as “Little Jerusalem.”
Less than three weeks before Tuesday’s attack, a 15-year-old girl wearing a uniform for her Jewish school and out on lunch break was attacked by an adult man and slashed across the face, according to reports at the time.
That attack came one day after a fire at a Kosher grocery store in another Paris suburb called Créteil, which some believed was an attack intended to coincide with the January 2015 attacks in Paris.
Those attacks, launched by Al Qaeda affiiliates on three consecutive days, killed 17 people total at the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a Kosher grocery store in Paris and the suburb of Montrouge.