France

Paris mayor: Jewish life is vibrant here

By Nathan Jeffay, May 14, 2015

With her city's Jews still reeling after the Hyper Cacher supermarket murders in January, the Mayor of Paris gave an impassioned speech in Jerusalem this week on her determination to fight antisemitism.

Anne Hidalgo did not limit herself to general statements, but also addressed the thorny topic of whether opposition to Israel is sometimes used to obscure Jew-hatred.

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Three French Euro stars just got closer

By Sharron Livingston, May 8, 2015

This month, Eurostar is running three new direct services from London St Pancras to Lyon, Avignon and Marseilles with no need to change. We take a peek at what these Gaellic gems offer the holidaymaker…

Where: Lyon
Journey time: 4 hours 4 mins, from £89 return

Why go:

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Review: European Muslim Antisemitism

By Keith Kahn-Harris, May 8, 2015

As Günther Jikeli argues in his compelling new book, there is a "research gap" on Muslim antisemitism in Europe. Although there have been surveys investigating Muslim attitudes to Jews, there is very little fine-grained, detailed research on this issue.

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'Euro Jewry needs shift in mindset on security'

By Shirli Sitbon, May 7, 2015

Jewish groups in Europe are realising that they cannot rely solely on the intelligence services, the police or even their own - often threadbare - security organisations for protection.

This was one of the key messages to emerge at the American Jewish Committee's conference on antisemitism, titled "A Defining Moment for Europe", which took place in Brussels on Tuesday.

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Law would ban hate in France

By Shirli Sitbon, April 23, 2015

The French government has presented draft legislation which includes 40 measures aimed at tackling the dramatic rise of antisemitism in the country.

It intends to back the plan with 100 million Euros of funding, to be used to train teachers in fighting intolerance.

A special government unit could also be set-up to challenge antisemitism and racism on social media sites.

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Le Pens at war over Jew-hate? Think again

By Michel Gurfinkiel, April 21, 2015

The famous TV series Game of Thrones has roots in French history: it was modelled on The Accursed Kings, a novel by Maurice Druon about the medieval French monarchy.

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Belgian kindergarten refused insurance over risk of terror attack

By Michel Gurfinkiel, April 8, 2015

A Belgian insurance company has refused to insure a Jewish kindergarten in Brussels on the grounds that "the risk of a terror attack is too high".

A spokesman for the European Jewish Association (EJA), which runs the school, said that several insurance companies had been approached, and that only one expressed such "scandalous" and "cynical" views.

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A love affair that's gone sour

By Natasha Lehrer, March 26, 2015

'Heureux comme un juif en France,'' according to an old French proverb. Happy as a Jew in France. How is it that France, the first country to emancipate its Jews, fiercely proud of its post-revolutionary ideals of ''liberty, fraternity and equality'', is regularly described as the most antisemitic country in Europe?

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Some relief over French poll result

By Michel Gurfinkiel, March 26, 2015

There was a degree of relief for a majority of French Jews as the far-right National Front (NF) came second in local elections on Sunday.

There had been widespread fears that Marine Le Pen's party would beat the UMP, Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative party, which came top with 29.5 per cent of the vote.

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Jewish support for Marine Le Pen is deeply disturbing

February 27, 2015

My enemy’s enemy can indeed sometimes be my friend — at least in the short term. But the willingness of Roger Cukierman, chairman of the French Representative Council of Jewish Institutions (Crif) to give Marine Le Pen a clean bill of health on the basis that the National Font is also opposed to Islamism is deeply disturbing.

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