France

Le Pen fine over Nazi 'blunder'

By Michel Zlotowski, February 23, 2012

Last week the Paris Court of Appeal handed an 83-year-old Jean-Marie Le Pen a three-month suspended sentence and a 10,000 euro (£8,300) fine for minimising Nazi crimes during the occupation of France.

In 2005, Le Pen, then president of the extreme-right wing Front National, said: "The German occupation had not been especially inhuman, even if some blunders occurred, unavoidable in a 550,000 sq

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French police launch formal investigation into Burley stag party

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

French prosecutors have announced that a formal police investigation has been opened into a “Nazi-themed” stag party attended by a Conservative MP.

Aidan Burley, MP for Cannock Chase, lost his job as Private Secretary to Transport Secretary Justine Greening after being filmed at the event in the Val Thorens ski resort last year.

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Will French Greens get Yom Kippur to be a national holiday? Not so fast

By Liam Hoare, February 2, 2012

Upon suggesting that Yom Kippur ought to be made a national holiday in France last month, Eva Joly - candidate for Les Verts - was briskly condemned by the left, the right and the far-right.

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Saudi Prince won't give my daughter back

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2012

A French Jewish woman won a court victory this week after a judge granted her custody of her daughter, whom she claims has been held captive by the girl's Saudi royal father.

But Candice Cohen-Ahnine, 34, is unable to celebrate because Prince Sattam al-Saoud refused to comply with the ruling, which also demands monthly child support of £8,300.

Aya, ten, remains in a Riyadh palace, where Ms

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French Jewish mother fights Saudi prince in custody case

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

A French Jewish woman won a court victory this week after a judge granted her custody of her daughter, who she claims had been held captive by the girl's Saudi royal father.

But Candice Cohen-Ahnine, 34, is unable to celebrate because Prince Sattam al-Saoud has refused to comply with the ruling, which also demands monthly child support of £8,300.

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European Jewish Congress head honoured by Sarkozy

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

The head of the umbrella body for European Jews has been awarded one of France's most prestigious honours.

Dr Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, was given the Chevalier Dans L'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur – the highest level of the order – at a ceremony on Tuesday.

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"Nazi" stag party MP could face French criminal charges

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

French authorities have opened an enquiry into the Nazi-themed stag party attended by Conservative MP Aidan Burley.

The 32-year old could face a jail term or fine after magistrates in the ski resort of Albertville received a complaint about conduct at the party.

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Le Pen party campaigns in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, December 15, 2011

France's far-right National Front plans to bring its campaign for next year's French elections to Israel, the party's vice-president has told the JC.

In the first Israel visit by a NF official, Louis Aliot, who is partner of leader Marine Le Pen as well as second-in-command in the party, spent two days this week in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

No elected politicians agreed to meet him, though he

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Like Piaf, tragic Barbara is the true voice of France

By Norman Lebrecht, December 15, 2011

Her grave, at the suburban end of a Paris bus line, is never long unattended. A wooden box on the marble base is stuffed with notes from visiting fans. A student drops by in her lunch hour to play Mozart. "Barbara loved Mozart," she explains.

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Sarkozy wanted to be part of Shalit deal

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2011

The French president has blamed last month's outburst against Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on France being "left out" of the deal to free a captured IDF soldier.

Gilad Shalit, who holds dual Israeli and French citizenship, was released form the clutches of Hamas in October after more than five years of captivity.

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