Incident Summary:

10/10/2000: Unidentified assailants partially burned down a synagogue in Trappes, a western suburb of Paris, France. Several youths were seen leaving the synagogue just before the fire broke out. Canisters of flammable liquid were found on the premises. The first and second floors and the roof were badly damaged in the fire. The incident occurred during increased tension amongst Jewish and Muslim people, following clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Trappes, a western suburb of Paris.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity A synagogue
Specific Description A synagogue in Trappes
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Canisters of flammable liquid were found near the premises
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"New attacks on synagogues in France," Agence France-Presse, October 11, 2000.
Marilyn August, "Chirac condemns anti-Semitic attacks amid rising tension," Associated Press, October 11, 2000.
"French synagogue burned amid Middle East tensions," Reuters, October 11, 2000.