France

John Galliano not set to be in court for verdict

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011

John Galliano is to be sentenced tomorrow at a Paris court.

The former Dior designer, who was charged with making public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity earlier this year, will not be in court to hear the verdict.

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On this day: The liberation of Paris

By Jennifer Lipman, August 25, 2011

The city had been occupied by Hitler's forces for four long years, but finally General Charles de Gaulle and the allied forces were able to march back into Paris.

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Strauss-Kahn a free man as maid's case collapses

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

More than three months after his arrest at New York's Sofitel Hotel, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62, left court with his wife Anne Sinclair and told reporters that he was delighted that their "nightmare" was over.

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Assault charges dropped against Strauss-Kahn

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

A judge has dropped the sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn pending an appeal.

The case has not been fully dismissed because Justice Michael Obus said the accuser was still hoping to get a special prosecutor appointed.

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Strauss-Kahn case set to be dropped

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

Since it emerged in May that Dominique Strauss-Kahn had been arrested for the "criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment, and attempted rape" of a hotel maid, France's Socialist Party has been mourning the loss of a rival to President Nicholas Sarkozy.

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Last homosexual prisoner of Holocaust camps mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

A man believed to be the last person imprisoned in a concentration camp by the Nazis because he was homosexual has died in France.

Rudolf Brazda, who died on Wednesday at the age of 98, was liberated from Buchenwald in 1945.

He had been in the infamous Nazi camp since 1943, one of up to 15,000 men sent there because they were identified as homosexual.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Sarkozy's future

By Andrew Rosemarine, July 22, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF Managing Director before his arrest in New York for alleged rape, was the most popular politician in France. Many expected him to beat incumbent President Sarkozy in the next French presidential elections. But DSK’s arrest has put an end to his hopes of the highest office.

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Gaza flotilla ship intercepted, redirected to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

The Israeli navy has intercepted a French ship after repeated calls were refused by the pro-Palestinian activists on board to divert the ship away from the Gaza Strip.

Israel had already stated that any attempt by a flotilla vessel to breach the blockaded area would be viewed as a provocation.

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Pro-Palestinian flotilla ships nears Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

A lone vessel sailing towards the Gaza Strip that was originally part of a larger flotilla of ships has been contacted by the Israeli navy.

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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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