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(JTA) — A dagger of the type used by members of the Hitler Youth movement and inscribed with the name of French far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen was produced in a Paris court.

On May 15, the court was hearing a libel action Le Pen brought against the French daily Le Monde, which published two articles last year accusing him of torture during France's war in Algeria in 1957.

According to Le Monde, Le Pen, a young lieutenant at the time, had left the dagger at a house in the Algiers Casbah, where members of the Algerian FLN movement were allegedly tortured by a unit under his command.

Chassidic rabbi beaten in Vienna by youths

VIENNA (JTA) — A Chassidic rabbi in Vienna was beaten.

Austrian police say the rabbi and his three children were walking home from Shabbat prayers in eastern Vienna last Saturday when two youths shouted anti-Semitic insults, then kicked the rabbi and hit him over the head with a beer bottle, the German news service DPA said.

The rabbi, vice director of the Lauder School, was injured in the attack, though his children were unhurt, according to Austrian police.

Jewish-Muslim ties blamed for Paris mosque attack

PARIS (JTA) — A man apparently angry over a French Muslim leader's conciliatory statements toward Jews attacked Paris' Grand Mosque.

The man threw a gas bomb at the mosque Sunday before breaking into a car parked near the mosque and fleeing the scene.

According to testimony gathered by mosque rector Dalil Boubakeur, the man, who was in his early 30s, may have been angry that Boubakeur has spoken out against attacks on Jewish targets in France, issuing a statement condemning last Friday night's bombings in Morocco.