Murder of Jewish woman by Muslim in Paris reclassified as anti-semitic attack

The murder of an elderly Jewish woman in Paris last year has been ruled an anti-Semitic attack by a judge, overturning the authorities’ earlier refusal to treat it as a hate crime.

After an outcry by Jewish groups and legal action by her family, the judge accepted prosecutors’ requests for the killing to be reclassified as religiously motivated instead of simply murder.

Kobili Traore, 28, is accused of murdering his neighbour Lucette Attal-Halimi, 65, an Orthodox Jewish woman known by her Hebrew name, Sarah Halimi, after breaking into her council flat in eastern Paris on the night of April 3.