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France steps up security as protesters try to storm synagogues over bombardment of Gaza

Published on Jul 15, 2014 6:47 AM
People take part on July 14, 2014 in Nice, southeastern France, in a demonstration against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a seven-day conflict has left 175 Palestinians dead. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - France stepped up security on Monday after protesters demonstrating against Israel's bombardment of Gaza tried to storm two Paris synagogues.

President Francois Hollande warned that he did not want to see "the Israeli-Palestinian conflict imported into France" after two Jewish men were hurt in clashes that erupted on Sunday.

Several thousand demonstrators joined in the Paris protest on Sunday, with violence breaking out at the end of the march on Bastille Square as people threw projectiles onto a cordon of police who responded with tear gas.

A small group tried to break into two synagogues in central Paris, a police source told AFP.

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