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WORLD BRIEFING / FRANCE

Times Wire Reports

The trial opened for a self-proclaimed “gang of barbarians” accused of kidnapping a young Jewish man, torturing him for 24 days and killing him, a crime that horrified France in 2006.

The death of Ilan Halimi, 23, came to symbolize violence in France’s troubled, multiethnic suburbs, which had just experienced a wave of riots.

Youssouf Fofana, 28, has admitted all the charges against him except the accusation that he was the one who stabbed Halimi to death.


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