France

Le Pen angry as her father jokes of putting opponents in ovens

By Shirli Sitbon, June 12, 2014

National Front leader Marine Le Pen has criticised her father and party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen after he made a controversial quip in an interview suggesting artists who oppose the National Front should be put in an oven.

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Jewish leader attacks Jean-Marie Le Pen over 'oven' comment

By Daniel Easterman, June 9, 2014

A Jewish group has called on Front National founder Jean-Marie Le Pen to be stripped of his parliamentary immunity as an MEP.

The call follows a reference to ovens in comments on Mr Le Pen's website about the popular French-Jewish singer, Patrick Bruel.

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French police arrest Brussels shooting suspect

By JC Reporter, June 1, 2014

A suspect has been arrested over the killing of four people at Brussels’ Jewish Museum last Saturday.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a French citizen from the northern French town of Roubaix, was taken into custody in Marseille on Friday. He was said to have in his possession a gun and a Kalashnikov assault rifle of the sort used in the May 24 attack.

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Halimi filmmaker decries ‘sick society’

By Colin Randall , May 1, 2014

One of the most disturbing criminal cases in modern French history is about to be relived in raw and harrowing detail.

A film chronicling the last days of Ilan Halimi, a young Parisian Jew murdered by a self-proclaimed Islamist, was premiered in France on Wednesday night.

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Antisemitism in France: the statistics do not look good

By Naomi Firsht , May 1, 2014

Last Sunday, the European Jewish Congress and Tel Aviv University reported that there were more violent antisemitic incidents in France in 2013 than any country in the world.

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Islamic leader ‘made hate comments’ at Paris conference

By Charlotte Oliver, April 25, 2014

An influential Muslim leader was accused of making antisemitic comments at one of France’s largest events on Islam on Wednesday.

Hani Ramadan, a Swiss Imam, allegedly said in a speech at the 31st Congress of the Union of Islamic Organisations in France (UOIF), held in Paris, that “all the evil in the world originates from the Jews and the Zionist barbarism”.

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Le Pen blocks kosher food for school children

By Ian Sparks, April 10, 2014

France’s far-right National Front party has been accused of undermining religious freedom after it banned state schools from serving kosher and halal food in the 11 town councils it now controls.

Party leader Marine Le Pen declared school canteens should not cater for religious restrictions on food, in line with France’s secular values.

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Hate fears push French aliyah to new high

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2014

The level of French aliyah to Israel soared in the first two months of the year, according to new figures.

The Jewish Agency revealed on Sunday that 854 people had left France for Israel in January and February.

That figure was more than three times the number during the same months in 2013.

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French shock at far-right Front National poll wins

By Shirli Sitbon, March 27, 2014

Every recent survey has shown that a growing portion of the French population approves of the National Front’s ideas, mainly on immigration and Europe. And with every election, its results have improved.

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Hate attackers drew swastika on victim

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

A teacher was attacked in Paris, three days after 10,000 people gathered there to protest against antisemitism. His injuries were so bad he needed hospital treatment for facial injuries.

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