A French senior civil servant has been sacked for publishing a violent anti-Israeli diatribe on a website, the Interior Ministry said.
The atricle was published on March 13 on the Oumma.com website, which serves the Muslim community in France. Bruno Guigue, deputy prefect of the southwestern town of Saintes, wrote that Israel was "the only state where snipers shoot down little girls outside their school gates."
The author of several books on the Israli-Palestinian conflict, Guigue wrote of the "Israeli jails where – thanks to religious law – they stop torturing on the Sabbath."
The article sparked a row in the country and was harshly condemned by politicians from all sides of the political arena.
Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie dismissed the official after learning of the column on Wednesday, the ministry said.
Oumma.com, which is said to have 6 million unique users per month, presents itself as "the first website for French-speaking Muslims worldwide."
According to its owners, it helps to distribute cultural and civil information and advance the dialogue on integration and the representation of Muslims in Europe and in the French-speaking world.