France

French prosecutors to investigate Arafat death

By Anna Sheinman, August 29, 2012

French prosecutors have opened a murder inquiry into the 2004 death of Palestinian Authority leader Yasir Arafat.

Suha Arafat, his widow, lodged a legal complaint for murder last month, and the French public prosecutor has now ruled that an inquiry can take place.

Mr Arafat, who died aged 75 in a military hospital in France, was said by French doctors to have died of a massive stroke.

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Galliano stripped of Legion d’Honneur

By Anna Sheinman, August 28, 2012

British fashion designer John Galliano has been stripped of his Legion d’Honneur for his racist and antisemitic behaviour, it emerged on Monday.

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Death camp letter sent to French rabbi

By Ian Sparks, August 23, 2012

French anti-terror police are on high alert after a chief rabbi was sent harrowing images of Jewish children being marched to a Second World War death camp.

A menacing letter and the grim pictures were posted to Chief Rabbi Richard Wertenschlag at his synagogue in Lyon.

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Probe into mother's death after custody fight with prince

By Jennifer Lipman, August 20, 2012

A French Jewish mother locked in a custody battle with a member of the Saudi royal family who she claimed had kidnapped her daughter has fallen to her death, just a few months after a court ruled in her favour.

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Marine Le Pen sues Bernard-Henri Levy for defamation

By Michel Zlotowski, August 16, 2012

The leader of the French far-right, Marine Le Pen, is suing author Bernard-Henri Levy and Haïm Musicant, the director of Crif, the country’s Jewish umbrella group, for accusing her of antisemitism.

If convicted by the Paris Court of Justice, both Mr Levy and Mr Musicant face a fine of up to 15,000 euros.

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Hollande: France must face its Holocaust past

By Liam Hoare, July 26, 2012

In the presence of President François Hollande, the 70th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv round-up was officially commemorated last Sunday in Paris. On July 16 and 17, 1942, 12,884 Jews were penned into the Vélodrome d’Hiver for five days in the summer heat with little sustenance, before being moved on to Drancy and extermination at Auschwitz.

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Madonna sued by National Front's Marine Le Pen

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

The Queen of Pop is facing legal action from France's far right leader over a controversial stunt in her current world tour.

Madonna has staged a scene in her current MDNA show in which a photograph of Marine Le Pen, the National Front leader, is shown with a swastika superimposed over it/

Others who come in for the same treatment include the pope, Sarah Palin and Hitler.

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Tour de France snubs velodrome Holocaust memorial

By Michel Zlotowski, July 12, 2012

The Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), which runs the Tour de France, has said it is not the business of a sports organisation to commemorate the 1942 round-up of Paris’s Jews, despite the involvement of the cycling body’s former director in the mass-deportation.

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Shock over Toulouse gunman Merah recording

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 10, 2012

Relatives of the Toulouse terror victims have spoken of their shock at the broadcast of killer Mohamed Merah's negotiations with police on French national television.

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Toulouse Jewish school pupil attacked in France

By Jennifer Lipman, July 10, 2012

An identifiably Jewish teenager who attends the Toulouse school attacked by an Islamist gunman earlier this year has been targeted by thugs on a train.

The 17-year-old boy was allegedly insulted and harassed by a group of men on a train to Lyon last week. He was wearing a kippah at the time.

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