Being Jewish in France? Ça va bien

By Naomi Firsht, October 11, 2013

This Rosh Hashanah, I was reminded of the sorry state of affairs that is Jewish life in France when I read the “It’s been quite a year” JC news round-up.

Apparently this past year has seen a surge of French Jews crossing the channel due to a 58 per cent rise in antisemitism in France, a view that I imagine was based on an earlier article entitled “Exodus to the UK as


Le Pen acts on racist

September 12, 2013

France’s national Front party has suspended one of its local election candidates, Francois Chatelain, for posting antisemitic statements and a picture of a burning Israeli flag on Facebook. Party leader Marine Le Pen said that Chatelain’s posts were “in total contradiction with the political line of the FN”.


Chabad arrests over abuse case

By Shirli Sitbon, September 3, 2013

It emerged last week that two senior members of France’s Lubavitch community were arrested on July 31 over a paedophilia scandal at a Chabad boys’ school in Paris.


Leviev £88m jewellery heist is 'the biggest ever'

By Josh Jackman, July 29, 2013

Around £88 million worth of diamonds and jewels owned by an Israeli billionaire has been stolen from a Cannes exhibition in the most expensive heist in history.

The masked gunman held up the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel in broad daylight on Sunday while he filled a briefcase with items belonging to Russian-born Lev Leviev.


Twitter defeat on hate ‘likely to be one-off’

By Josh Jackman and Shirli Sitbon, July 19, 2013

Lawyers are arguing that Twitter’s compliance with a French court order to release the details of users who posted antisemitic tweets is unlikely set a worldwide precedent.

British media lawyer Simon Gallant said the social media company had been “dragged kicking and screaming to comply” and that “they will do their utmost to resist other applications from other places.


Twitter hands over details of hate tweeters

By Sandy Rashty, July 12, 2013

The identities of people who posted antisemitic messages on Twitter have been disclosed after a year-long legal row between the French Union of Jewish Students and the American social media site.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that the details of users who posted hate messages had been handed over to French authorities. It is not yet known how many users have been reported.


Al-Dura man loses case

By JCReporter, June 27, 2013

A media analyst who accused a French TV network of forging its report on the death of Mohammad al-Dura — a 12-year-old boy killed in Gaza in 2000 who became an icon of the second intifada — has been convicted of defamation by a Paris court after a lengthy legal battle.


Twitter criticised over hate speech case

By Josh Jackman, June 21, 2013

Twitter has no plans to abandon attempts to overturn a ruling that it must reveal details of users who tweeted antisemitic messages, despite the decision of a French court to refuse an appeal by the company.


Plateau people who defied Vichy

By Lucy Daltroff, June 21, 2013

It’s easy to drive through the main street of the unremarkable French village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and miss the small modern, glass museum.

That would be a mistake, because the building, opened earlier this month, contains an intriguing wartime story of courage and subterfuge which took place on this sparsely populated plateau of the Auvergne.


UK shechita supporters at odds with French rabbis over foie gras

By Josh Jackman , June 18, 2013

Shechita UK has strenuously denied claims from the head of the Paris Rabbinical Court that Israel’s proposed ban on foie gras could lead to European countries outlawing shechita in retaliation.