'Queen's vagina' row

September 17, 2015

British Jewish artist Anish Kapoor announced last week that a Versailles politician was taking him to court for choosing to display antisemitic information on his sculpture, Dirty Corner.

The sculpture on display at the Château de Versailles - a large steel structure surrounded by large rocks, dubbed by French reporters "the queen's vagina" - was vandalised two weeks ago with antisemitic graff


Air France ‘regrets’ map that shows Gaza and West Bank, but not Israel

By Josh Jackman, August 4, 2015

Air France has said it “deeply regrets” omitting Israel from an in-flight map.

The airline was responding to more than a dozen Twitter users who raised the issue after a photo of the map, which labels Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, but not Israel, was posted on social media.

The image was taken late last week by a customer on board an Air France flight.


France’s highest honour given to D-Day veteran

By Naomi Firsht, July 15, 2015

The Marseillaise was played through London’s French quarters on Tuesday in celebration of Bastille Day, but last Shabbat it made a guest appearance in a more unlikely place.


Paris plans new £7m Jewish hub

By Sandy Rashty, July 2, 2015

French Jews have welcomed plans to build a £7 million cultural centre in Paris.

The new European Centre for Judaism is to include an area for academic studies, a cultural space, a synagogue, conference halls and offices.


Hollande awards Kantor the Legion d'Honneur

July 2, 2015

The President of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, was awarded the Légion d'Honneur this week for his work combatting intolerance and racism.

The award is the highest decoration in France, established by Napoleon Bonaparte, and can be handed out to recognise an individual in any field of activity.

The award was bestowed on Mr Kantor at the Élysée Palace by President Hollande for


French synagogues batten the hatches after Lyon jihad horror

By Michel Gurfinkiel, July 2, 2015

French police have said that the jihadi attack near Lyon last week was part of a wider terror operation and, as a result, Jewish institutions across the country are taking extra security measures.

Sources say that further terrorist attacks could happen at any moment and that while there are many targets, Jews and Israelis are clearly on the front line.


Tension over French UN move

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 25, 2015

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius's visit to the Middle East on Sunday raised the prospect that the Obama administration may not veto a resolution France plans to bring to the UN Security Council on setting a timetable for the establishment of a Palestinian state.


Orange chief insists Israel pullout is for commercial reasons

By Sandy Rashty, June 5, 2015

The chief executive of Orange has backtracked after he told a conference in Cairo earlier in the week that he would take the telecoms giant out of Israel “tomorrow”.

In an interview with Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronat this morning, Stephane Richard said his comments had been “misunderstood”, adding: “I love Israel”.


Jewish fury over Orange CEO’s Israel boycott revelation

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2015

Jews and pro-Israel activists across the globe have vowed to cancel their Orange contracts after the French telecoms giant’s CEO said he would boycott Israel if he had the chance.

Speaking at a news conference in Cairo on Wednesday, Stéphane Richard said he would end the brand’s relationship with Israel “tomorrow” if he could.


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.