France's justice minister said she would not intervene in the trial of a killer whom French Jews said should be charged with a hate crime.

Meeting with Jewish leaders Tuesday, Nicole Belloubet cited the constitutional principle of separation of powers in saying she wouldn't intervene in the case of Kobili Traore, a Muslim man charged in the April 4 slaying of Sarah Halimi, a Jewish physician and teacher in Paris.

Francis Kalifat, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, and other Jewish leaders want police and prosecutors to treat Halimi's killing as an anti-Semitic hate crime. However, an indictment filed against Traore did not mention anti-Semitism or any other aggravating element. CRIF has called this a cover-up.

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