Anti-Semitic attack all a lie

2004-07-13 20:32

Paris - A young French woman who claimed she had been the victim last week of a vicious anti-Semitic attack on a Paris suburban train admitted on Tuesday she had lied, police said.

The 23-year-old woman initially had told police that on Friday six youths had slashed her clothes, drawn swastikas on her stomach and flipped over her baby carriage with her 13-month-old child inside after mistaking her for a Jew.

On Tuesday, she first changed her story to say she had been assaulted outside the train, but finally admitted she had invented the entire incident.

The woman said she had drawn the swastikas on her own stomach with the help of her boyfriend, according to police.

The woman has been placed in preventive detention for "falsely reporting a crime", said state prosecutor Xavier Salvat. Her boyfriend also has been detained, police said.