France

France's long-time spiritual leader dies in Paris aged 71

By Andrew Rosemarine, September 28, 2016

French Jewry is in mourning for Joseph Sitruk, France's Chief Rabbi for three successive terms, from 1987 to 2008.

Born in Tunisia, he helped consolidate a Sephardi hold over Europe's largest Jewish community, succeeding Rene-Samuel Sirat, the first-ever Sephardi Chief Rabbi of France.

Le Monde described Rabbi Sitruk as a man "of absolute intransigence, hidden by a permanent smile."

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French Olympian with tattoo tribute to Auschwitz survivor wins silver

By Daniel Sugarman, August 11, 2016

Fabien Gilot, a member of the French Olympic swimming team, wears his heart on his sleeve – or more accurately, on his arm.

As reported by the JC in 2012, tattooed in Hebrew on his arm are the words “Ani Klum Biladeihem”, meaning “I am nothing without them.”

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Nice community reels from terror hit

By Shirli Sitbon, July 21, 2016

Nice's Jewish community was in shock this week after Thursday's terrorist attack left one of its members dead and 10 seriously injured.

France-born Muslim Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, of Tunisian origin, drove a truck into the crowds celebrating Bastille Day along the city's promenade, killing 84 people and injuring more than 300 before being shot dead.

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Jewish woman injured in Nice terror attack dies of her wounds

By Shirli Sitbon, July 17, 2016

A Jewish woman who was taken into hospital following the truck-ramming attack in Nice last Thursday has died.

Raymonde Mamane, 77, was critically injured and put on a respirator following the outrage but succumbed to her injuries on Sunday. Her sister Clara Bensimon, 80 is still in a coma according to reports, which also say she had to have her legs amputated as a result of her injuries.

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French Jews in Britain 'not considering leaving' after referendum result shock

By Jenni Frazer, June 30, 2016

Haim Korsia, France's Chief Rabbi, acknowledged this week that it was "always a possibility" that some of the estimated 35,000 French Jews living in Britain would return in the wake of the Brexit vote.

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Paris community leaders lament British 'isolation'

By Shirli Sitbon, June 30, 2016

Brexit was not on the agenda at Jewish Agency board of governors meeting in Paris this week, but it was still a hot topic - and the UK came in for some heavy criticism.

"Who cares about them? These Brits have an island mentality. They've been bothering us for years, trying to dictate their own rules. Good riddance!

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Young French communities fighting back

By Shirli Sitbon, June 16, 2016

Amid terror attacks, widespread antisemitism and spiralling aliyah, communal leaders say that adversity is actually bringing many French Jews closer together.

"We have about 15,000 members, a number that's been stable for years, but recent events have made people closer to the community.

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Hollande stresses primacy of two-state solution at Paris peace meeting

By JC Reporter, June 3, 2016

French President Francois Hollande opened the Paris peace summit this morning by saying that discord in the rest of the Middle East is not a reason to “abandon the Israeli-Palestinian issue”.

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Bonne chance: France seeks Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

June 2, 2016

Syria, Iraq, Libya and Egypt have large areas overrun by terrorists trying to establish a genocidal state. Yemen is shattered by war. And military giants Saudi Arabia and Iran are locked in an arms race.

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New leader of France's Jews warns community is experiencing most difficult situation since the war

By JC Reporter, May 30, 2016

Francis Kalifat, the new leader of France’s Jewish community, has said that rising antisemitism means the country’s Jews are facing their “most difficult situation” for over 70 years.

Mr Kalifat pledged that his priority as the newly elected president of Crif, the community's main representative group, was to combat increasing Jew-hatred.

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