French authorities are filing preliminary charges against three suspects over the beating of a Jewish teenager in Paris.

A judicial official says two of the suspects are being investigated for attempted murder with anti-Semitic motives. They are suspected of taking part in the June 21 attack on the 17-year-old. He spent two days in a coma in a hospital.

The third suspect, from Mali, is suspected of taking part in other clashes between Jewish and black youths in the neighborhood the same day. The preliminary charges were filed Thursday.

France has western Europe's largest population of both Jews and Muslims. The nation faced a surge in anti-Semitic crime starting in 2000 amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian tensions in the Middle East.