France

Le Pen's National Front a winner in French election

By Jennifer Lipman, April 23, 2012

One in five voters in the French presidential elections backed the candidate of the country's far right National Front Party.

Marine Le Pen was in third place after Sunday's first-round election. A run-off will be held between the two leading candidates, Socialist challenger Francois Hollande – currently the frontrunner – and incumbent Nicholas Sarkozy.

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Toulouse terror reshaping the French election

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 4, 2012

Last month's attacks in which a jihadist shot four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse have changed the focus and, quite possibly, the outcome of the French presidential election.

Mohamed Merah, who also shot three soldiers in a separate attack and was killed following a 32-hour siege, had only one alleged collaborator - his brother.

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Extremists arrested in France 'planned to target Jews'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 3, 2012

French police may have thwarted a plot to kidnap a Jewish magistrate last week.

According to AFP, the raid on 16 suspected Islamists last week has led investigators to plans to target members of the country's Jewish community.

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The Origin of Violence

By David Herman, April 2, 2012

In the past few years there has been a wave of acclaimed French novels about Vichy and the Holocaust - Irène Némirovsky's Suite Française, Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones, Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key and now Fabrice Humbert's The Origin of Violence, winner of the first-ever French Orange Prize.

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Algeria says no to Toulouse gunman Merah burial

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

Algeria has reportedly refused permission for the Islamist gunman Mohammed Merah be buried in the North African country.

Merah, who was of Algerian descent, died last Thursday after a 32-hour stand-off with police. In the weeks leading up to this he killed three French paratroopers and four people – including three children – outside a Jewish school in Toulouse.

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Warning over Toulouse terror

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

v the french school at the centre of last week's terrorist attack has received further threats, including a message that the killing of a rabbi and three children was "just the beginning".

Jean-Paul Amoyelle, head of the Ozar Hatorah network of Jewish schools in France, told newspaper Le Parisien that he feared further assaults after the shooting at its Toulouse school by self-confessed extremi

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Toulouse killer was no lone wolf

By Jason Burke, March 29, 2012

As ever, as the dust settles, the facts become clearer. In the case of Mohamed Merah, the killer of three Jewish children, a rabbi and three soldiers in France earlier this month, the questions have become sharper too.

Though local authorities have been praised for their handling of the bloody dénoument of Merah's short-lived terrorist career, many doubts remain.

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He destroyed my family but Jewish unity helps me cope

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, March 29, 2012

Support from around the world and the unity of the Jewish people are helping Eva Sandler cope with the murder of her husband and two young sons in Toulouse last week.

"God gives me the strength; without it, I would not be able to stand," she told Israel's Channel 2 on Sunday. "The truth is that I see the unity of the Jewish people, and that strengthens me the most.

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Jewish child attacked outside Ozer Hatorah school in Paris

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2012

A Jewish boy has been attacked and verbally abused outside his school in Paris, just a week after four people were killed by an Islamist gunman outside a Jewish school in Toulouse.

The boy, 12, was outside a Jewish school in the French capital when teenagers shouting antisemitic chants set on him and hit and punched him. He escaped with only light injuries.

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Al Jazeera sent video footage of Merah Toulouse killings

By Jennifer Lipman, March 27, 2012

Footage of Mohammed Merah's shooting attacks in Toulouse has been obtained by the Paris branch of Arabic-language satellite news channel Al Jazeera.

The channel gave the memory stick, said to contain two clips of up to 25 minutes of video footage, to investigators on the case.

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