John Galliano’s Jewish lawyer has defended the disgraced fashion designer as someone dedicated to “tolerance, openness, love and mutual respect”.
Stephane Zerbib, who has acted as Mr Galliano's legal adviser for seven years, has also represented the family of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and a group of Israelis accused of spying on Iran.
Iranian audiences will have the chance to watch a film about the Holocaust next week thanks to an initiative by a French anti-racism group.
Education about the Nazi atrocities is minimal at best in a country whose president has publicly denied the Holocaust, but from Monday Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 documentary Shoah will be screened on an Iranian satellite channel.
Fashion designer John Galliano is to be prosecuted over his allegedly racist comments in a Paris café.
A spokesman for the Paris Prosecutor's Office said the designer would face trial later this year, after he was caught on video professing his love for Adolf Hitler and making anti-Jewish slurs at female tourists.
When Zola’s J’Accuse letter was published on the front page of a French newspaper in January 1898 it was a remarkable act of bravery on its author’s part.
Written in protest at the French government’s treatment of Jewish artillery officer Alfred Dreyfus, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for treason, Zola was one of a group of intellectuals and artists who sought to secure his freedom.
When the Swiss Justice Ministry rejected an extradition request from the United States for Polanski last summer, it was just the latest chapter in a story every bit as dramatic and complex as one of the director’s films.
Born Raimund Liebling in Paris, Polanski survived the Holocaust by escaping from the Krakow ghetto, although his mother was killed in Auschwitz.
After the war he worked his way up in the Polish film world, moving to Hollywood in the 1960s and going on to make Oscar-winning classics including Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, and The Pianist.