France

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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Today in France, the Shoah flashbacks keep on coming

By Michel Gurfinkiel, September 12, 2014

A remarkable ceremony took place last Sunday at the Rabbinical School of France in Paris.

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Muslim teens accused of suicide synagogue plot

By Michael Gurfinkiel, September 4, 2014

Two Muslim girls, aged 17 and 15, have been arrested and charged by French police for allegedly planning a suicide attack on the Great Synagogue in Lyon, central France.

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Hollande tries not to offend Muslim voters

By Michel Gurfinkiel, August 7, 2014

On July 31, the left-wing newspaper Liberation floated on its front page the idea that Ligue de Défense Juive (LDJ), the group that played a key role in defending Don Isaac Abravanel Synagogue in central Paris when it was attacked by a Muslim mob on July 13, should be banned.

According to other liberal or left-wing media outlets, the French Interior Ministry "was about" to issue such a ban.

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Synagogue and kosher shop targeted in French riots

By Charlotte Oliver, July 22, 2014

French ministers have condemned the recent series of antisemitic outbursts in the country, which came to a head on Sunday night when more than 400 people stormed a largely Jewish suburb and attacked a synagogue and kosher supermarket.

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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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