France

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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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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