Welcome to France, where the anti-Israel vote is now key

By Robin Shepherd, May 9, 2012

In a fascinating piece on the recent presidential elections in France, French political analyst Michel Gurfinkiel contrasted the fortunes of left and right in the 18th and 17th districts in the north of Paris. The 18th voted overwhelmingly for the left; the 17th for the right.


Jewish and Israeli students attacked at Toulouse university event

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

The president of the French Jewish student organisation has called on the University of Toulouse to combat antisemitism after a talk by Israeli students last week was disrupted by protesters shouting abuse, making threats and singing antisemitic chants.


Uproar over Crif 'support' for Sarkozy

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 3, 2012

A column last week in an Israeli newspaper by a French Jewish leader has caused a furore in Paris over what is being seen as a tacit Jewish endorsement of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Richard Prasquier, head of Crif, French Jewry's umbrella body, wrote in Ha'aretz about the challenges facing the Jews of France under a new president.


French anti-racism group takes on Google for Murdoch 'the Jew'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 1, 2012

A French anti-racism group is taking on internet giant Google over its "auto-complete" function.

When internet users type in certain famous names, including media mogul Rupert Murdoch or Jon Hamm or Mad Men fame, the search engine recommends that the next keyword be "Jewish".


French pupils' fears in wake of Toulouse

By Jessica Elgot, April 26, 2012

French Jewry "may never recover" from the shock of the murders of three children and a rabbi in Toulouse last month, a French head-teacher fears.

New security measures are being implemented across France by the Fonds Social Juif Unifié, whose chairman, Baron Rothschild, is now organising funding for security at every Jewish school in France.

Sara Pinson's Kerem Menahem School in Nice is twi


Marine Le Pen: Don't French Jews get it?

By Orlando Radice, April 26, 2012

Israel's former ambassador to France has expressed his dismay at support given by French Jews to Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National (FN).

Ms Le Pen won almost one in 5 votes in Sunday's first round presidential election.


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.


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.


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.


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.