France

It's an alarm signal, says France's new chief rabbi

June 27, 2014

The newly elected Chief Rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, has a stiff task ahead of him - and he knows it.

The exodus of large numbers of French Jews is an "alarm signal", he said on Wednesday.

"Jews have been killed, such as Ilan Halimi, and there were the shootings in Toulouse and in Brussels. In general, Jews feel vulnerable in our society.

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Enough! We're on our way to Britain

By Charlotte Oliver, June 27, 2014

Strasbourg-born banker Myriam Amsellem lives in a thriving French Jewish community.

She attends a shul filled with her compatriots, while her three children attend a local Jewish primary school filled with French culture.

But Ms Amsellem does not live in Paris or Lyon - her home is in South Hampstead, north-west London, 100 miles from France.

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In some synagogues here, whole benches are suddenly empty

By Michel Gurfinkiel, June 27, 2014

Haim Korsia, 51, who was elected Chief Rabbi of France last Sunday, will preside over a shrinking Jewish community. From a Jewish population of 500,000 or so - the largest Jewish community in the European Union - it may quickly fall to 400,000, or even less.

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Chai cyclist makes Paris after high-speed crash

By Simon Round, June 26, 2014

A charity bike rider has recalled the moment his riding partner was in a horrific crash during a London-to- Paris cycling event.

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France and Ukraine push global aliyah to new highs

By Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency, June 23, 2014

Global aliyah is up 55 per cent, due largely to dramatic increases in immigration from France and Ukraine, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky announced yesterday.

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Le Pen faces lawsuit over 'oven' jibe

By Marcus Dysch, June 19, 2014

The European Jewish Congress is to sue Jean-Marie Le Pen after the former leader of France's National Front made a Holocaust-related comment.

Speaking about Jewish singer and actor Patrick Bruel in a NF video, Mr Le Pen played on the French word for oven - believed to be a deliberate reference to concentration camps.

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Shul guards threatened by gun gang

By Shirli Sitbon, June 19, 2014

Gunmen approached a Paris synagogue and aimed automatic weapons at police.

No shots were fired and the five men fled on motorcycles when the armed officers stood their ground.

The incident happened on Saturday in the suburb of Garges-lès-Gonesse. Witnesses said the men pointed a handgun and a Kalashnikov at them and pretended to shoot.

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Unesco show a 'victory' for Israel narrative

By Shirli Sitbon, June 19, 2014

They may just be 24 illustrated panels of about 800 words each, but to the Wiesenthal Centre, the People, Book, Land exhibition amounted to a major victory and a breakthrough for peace.

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European Jewish group to sue Le Pen over 'oven' jibe

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

The European Jewish Congress is to sue Jean-Marie Le Pen after the former leader of France's National Front made a controversial Holocaust-related comment.

Speaking about Jewish singer and actor Patrick Bruel in a NF video, Mr Le Pen played on the French word for oven - believed to be a reference to Shoah concentration camps.

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Le Pen angry as her father jokes of putting opponents in ovens

By Shirli Sitbon, June 12, 2014

National Front leader Marine Le Pen has criticised her father and party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen after he made a controversial quip in an interview suggesting artists who oppose the National Front should be put in an oven.

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