Arson suspected at Paris kosher stores

The Promo & Destock store in Paris following the fire. Photo: Alain Jocardi/AFP/Getty Images

Two kosher shops were damaged in a fire near Paris on the third anniversary of the slaying of four Jews at a different kosher supermarket in that city.

The fire Monday in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Promo & Destock store in suburban Creteil and at the local branch of the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket comes two weeks after swastikas were painted on both stores.

No one was hurt in the fire, which completely ravaged Promo & Destock and caused some damage to the Hyper Cacher store.

Police did not say whether the fire was the result of arson, according to Le Parisien, although the Associated Press cited the regional prosecutor’s office saying they were treating the fire as a criminal act because the store’s protective shutters had been forced open.

On Jan. 9, 2015, an Islamist killed four Jews in the Porte de Vincennes branch of Hyper Cacher market in eastern Paris.

Two days before the Hyper Cacher attack, Islamists killed 12 people at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, whose editors and artists frequently publish caricatures mocking Islam and other faiths.

CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, is organizing a commemoration service on Tuesday in front of that supermarket.

JTA