France

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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Shul guards threatened by gun gang

By Shirli Sitbon, June 19, 2014

Gunmen approached a Paris synagogue and aimed automatic weapons at police.

No shots were fired and the five men fled on motorcycles when the armed officers stood their ground.

The incident happened on Saturday in the suburb of Garges-lès-Gonesse. Witnesses said the men pointed a handgun and a Kalashnikov at them and pretended to shoot.

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Unesco show a 'victory' for Israel narrative

By Shirli Sitbon, June 19, 2014

They may just be 24 illustrated panels of about 800 words each, but to the Wiesenthal Centre, the People, Book, Land exhibition amounted to a major victory and a breakthrough for peace.

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European Jewish group to sue Le Pen over 'oven' jibe

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

The European Jewish Congress is to sue Jean-Marie Le Pen after the former leader of France's National Front made a controversial 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 reference to Shoah concentration camps.

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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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