France

Kristin Scott Thomas stars in Holocaust film Sarah's Key

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2011
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A preview of the French film adaptation of the bestselling book by Tatiana de Rosnay, about the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup of 1942 and an American journalist who discovers a heartbreaking Holocaust-era secret. The film is released in the UK in August.

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Strauss-Kahn is modern-day Dreyfus, says Bernard-Henri Lévy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy has compared the attitude towards Dominique Strauss-Kahn to the antisemitism encountered by a Jewish artillery officer in 19th century France.

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Activists say French flotilla has set sail for Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

French pro-Palestinian activists have reportedly managed to sail a boat out of a Greek port with the intention of breaking the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

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Strauss-Kahn case has 'holes'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's downfall is looking less certain following the emergence of "major holes" in the evidence against him over allegations of sexual assault.

The former head of the International Monetary Fund, who has now been replaced by French finance minister Christine Lagarde, was accused of sexually assaulting a Manhattan hotel worker in May.

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John Galliano anti-Jewish rant trial opens in Paris

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

John Galliano's trial has opened in Paris.

The fashion designer is in court charged with making public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity.

Mr Galliano could face a fine of up to £21,000 if he is convicted or even a six-month stint in prison.

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Call for Carla Bruni to sing for Shalit's freedom

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

An Israeli singer has appealed to Carla Bruni to campaign for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who also holds French citizenship, by recording a tribute song.

Amir Benayun, a popular musician in Israel, wrote a letter to Ms Bruni asking her to record the song he wrote about the soldier's plight.

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The day France betrayed its Jews

By Simon Round, June 10, 2011

On the morning of July 16 1942, some 13,000 Jews were arrested in Paris and sent to internment camps around France. After months of near starvation, the adults and children were separated and deported to Auschwitz.

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The Smurfs condemned as racist and anti-Jewish

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

They are bright blue, three apples tall and make the perfect fancy dress idea. But according to a French writer, the Smurfs are actually antisemitic and racist.

Introduced in a French comic book in 1958, the Smurfs have appeared on television and film and will be in cinemas with actors Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris once again this summer.

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No sympathy for Dominique Strauss-Kahn from Michael Bloomberg

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has weighed into the ongoing scandal involving IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

In the four days since news broke that Mr Strauss-Kahn had been arrested in Manhattan for the "criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment, and attempted rape" of a 32-year-old hotel maid, a number of well-known figures have commented on the case.

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Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2011
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A first look at the veteran director's latest film following its premiere at the Cannes film festival.

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