France

Shul bomb suspect charged after 34 years

By David Lazarus, November 20, 2014

French authorities this week charged the chief suspect in the bombing of a Paris synagogue - 34 years after the attack.

Hassan Diab, a Canadian citizen, was accused of first-degree murder over the 1980 attack on the Union Libérale Israélite synagogue on Rue Copernic, which left four dead.

Diab,60, was flown to France less than 24 hours after a decision by Canada's Supreme Court not to allo

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John Galliano loses unfair dismissal case against Dior

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2014

Fashion designer John Galliano has lost an unfair dismissal against Christian Dior – and been ordered to pay the top fashion house a symbolic €1.

The Gibraltar born designer was sacked by Dior after he was filmed telling two Italian women that Jews should be gassed. The incident took place in December 2010.

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Beware this rewritten Vichy

By Nesta Wyn Ellis, October 30, 2014

The French are perfectionists – mainly about themselves. They carry self-criticism to extremes but anyone who attempts to criticise them will suffer from their refusal to accept that they can be perceived as imperfect. I have spent many years living in Paris and can tell you that on TV the most popular programmes are those that depict the Resistance in their heroic fight against the Nazis.

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French Jews turn to Krav Maga for self-defence

By Sandy Rashty, October 28, 2014

Young French Jews are now taking more Krav Maga lessons in a bid to protect themselves against the spike in antisemitism.

According to a report in Arutz Sheva, last week French teenagers went to Israel to partake in a special martial arts defence programme in Netanya called ‘Magen’.

The defence programme is geared to protecting French Jewish schools and synagogues.

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Dieudonné sues for being called an 'antisemite'

By Naomi Firsht, October 23, 2014

Comedian Dieudonné, who has several convictions in France for inciting hatred of Jews and mocking the Holocaust, is taking the president of the French Jewish umbrella group to court for accusing him of antisemitism.

Roger Cukierman, president of the French council of Jewish institutions, went before a magistrate this week after Dieudonné filed a complaint against him for defamation.

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Alarm bells ring in France as pro-Vichy book is bestseller

By Roger Sloan, October 23, 2014

Eric Zemmour is, without a doubt, the superstar of right-wing journalism in France.

The 56-year-old is a columnist for weekly magazine Figaro and a news pundit for RTL, a major private radio station, as well as a frequent guest on political talkshows.

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Nobel winner forced France to face Nazi past

By Nathalie Rothschild, October 14, 2014

The writer who won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, Patrick Modiano, has been hailed as the man who helped France face up to its dark past of collaboration with the Nazis.

Denis Cosnard, a Le Monde journalist who has written a book about Mr Modiano's work, said that the author "tore apart the myth of a France that had supposedly been entirely on the side of resistance".

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Jewish girl joins Islamic State jihadis

By Josh Jackman, October 14, 2014

A French Jewish girl has joined Islamic State (IS), according to a security official in France.

The official, who gave the tip-off anonymously because French rules forbid him from discussing ongoing investigations, said that the girl was one of at least 100 women who have been recruited in the past few weeks.

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Was Sartre indifferent about the Holocaust?

By Isabel De Bertodano, October 7, 2014

A row has erupted among Jean-Paul Sartre scholars over a new book which claims that the French philosopher did too little to defend Jews during the Holocaust.

Ingrid Galster, a German Sartre expert, suggests that not only was Sartre unsympathetic to the plight of Jews, he actively profited from antisemitism in France by taking a post at a school when its Jewish incumbent was removed.

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'Key French jihadi recruiter' arrested

By Michel Gurfinkiel, September 18, 2014

A 30-year-old jihadi described by the French Interior Ministry as "very dangerous" was arrested on his arrival at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris last week.

Mourad Fares had been extradited from Turkey, where he had been arrested a month earlier at the request of French authorities.

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