To wear, or not to wear? French Jews wrestle with the yarmulke amid growing fears

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A man wearing a skullcap is seen during a demonstration called by the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on January 14, 2009. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-YARMULKE-FRANCE, originally transmitted on Jan. 13, 2016.

A man wearing a skullcap is seen during a demonstration called by the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on January 14, 2009. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Vincent Kessler *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-YARMULKE-FRANCE, originally transmitted on Jan. 13, 2016.

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PARIS (RNS) France’s half-a-million Jews ponder the question after a skullcap-wearing Jewish schoolteacher in Marseille was attacked Monday (Jan. 11) by a Kurdish teenager claiming allegiance to the Islamic State.