French-Jewish teacher attacked with machete in Marseille

The teenager who attacked a Jewish teacher in Marseille with a machete left his weapon on scene before running off. Pictured is a screenshot of the image of the weapon. Credit: Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France/Twitter.

( A Jewish man was attacked with a machete by a teenager in Marseille, France, on Monday in an apparent anti-Semitic incident.

The attack occurred just after 9 a.m. The victim, who could be identified as Jewish because he was wearing a yarmulke, is a school teacher who was on his way to work. He was followed by a teenager who attacked him with a large machete, causing injuries to his back and hands.

The teacher then managed to scare away the teenager, who ran off and left the machete at the scene. Before he ran off, the teenager reportedly yelled Allahu Akbar ("God is greater" in Arabic), according to the Marseille branch of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF).
"We know that it is a clearly anti-Semitic act, a serious act committed a few dozen meters" from a Jewish school, said local police chief Laurent Nunez, according to the website.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called the incident a "revolting anti-Semitic attack" on Twitter.

Posted on January 11, 2016 .