France

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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Call for Carla Bruni to sing for Shalit's freedom

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

An Israeli singer has appealed to Carla Bruni to campaign for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who also holds French citizenship, by recording a tribute song.

Amir Benayun, a popular musician in Israel, wrote a letter to Ms Bruni asking her to record the song he wrote about the soldier's plight.

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The day France betrayed its Jews

By Simon Round, June 10, 2011

On the morning of July 16 1942, some 13,000 Jews were arrested in Paris and sent to internment camps around France. After months of near starvation, the adults and children were separated and deported to Auschwitz.

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The Smurfs condemned as racist and anti-Jewish

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

They are bright blue, three apples tall and make the perfect fancy dress idea. But according to a French writer, the Smurfs are actually antisemitic and racist.

Introduced in a French comic book in 1958, the Smurfs have appeared on television and film and will be in cinemas with actors Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris once again this summer.

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No sympathy for Dominique Strauss-Kahn from Michael Bloomberg

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has weighed into the ongoing scandal involving IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

In the four days since news broke that Mr Strauss-Kahn had been arrested in Manhattan for the "criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment, and attempted rape" of a 32-year-old hotel maid, a number of well-known figures have commented on the case.

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Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2011
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A first look at the veteran director's latest film following its premiere at the Cannes film festival.

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Far-right strengthened by Strauss-Kahn assault arrest

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

The derailment of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's political career over sexual assault allegations could strengthen the influence of France's far-right.

Mr Strauss-Kahn was arrested and charged with the "criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment, and attempted rape" of a 32-year-old chambermaid at a New York hotel yesterday.

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Galliano trial set for June

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

A Paris court has set the date for John Galliano's trial for alleged racism.

At a hearing today the designer, fired by fashion house Dior after he was filmed making offensive comments about Jewish people, was told he would be expected in court on June 22.

The court said the trial would last only a day.

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Interfaith pioneer rabbi given top French honour

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

A New York-based rabbi who has dedicated his life to the promotion of human rights and religious tolerance has been presented with one of France's most prestigious honours.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier, a Vienna-born Holocaust survivor who created the interfaith partnership, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, in 1965, received the Officer of the Legion of Honour at a ceremony in Manhattan.

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French Jew assaulted in 'antisemitic' attack

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2011

A French man has been left with injuries after being shot repeatedly with a pellet gun because he was Jewish.

The victim, who was hospitalised following the attack last Thursday, was a 21-year-old returning from a Jewish studies session at a synagogue in Villeurbanne.

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