France

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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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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