France

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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Anger over Marine Le Pen radio interview

By Michel Zlotowski, April 7, 2011

The leader of the Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF), Richard Prasquier, has hit out at an Israeli radio station for broadcasting an interview with the National Front's new president, Marine Le Pen, last week.

Only two weeks ago, Jewish radio station Radio J cancelled an interview with Ms Le Pen after coming under heavy criticism from France's communal leadership.

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Police called to Paris The Promise riot

By Michel Zlotowski, March 31, 2011

Over 500 people demonstrated in Paris last week against the airing of the The Promise by TV channel Canal+.

Its head office and studios were surrounded by armed riot police.

The demonstration was organised by an ad hoc group, "Confederation of Jews of France and Friends of Israel" (CJFAI). Members of CRIF, the representative body of French Jewry, were also present.

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Caught on film: Captain Dreyfus' final humiliating return

March 31, 2011

It is more than a century since these photographs were taken, but the Dreyfus affair still resonates in France.

Alfred Dreyfus, from a wealthy Jewish family, was a captain in the French army in October 1894 when he was arrested on charges of high treason, accused of leaking military secrets to the Germans.

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Jews, Muslims urge Sarkozy to drop Islam debate

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011

Jewish leaders in France have joined their Muslim, Christian and Buddhist counterparts to demand that President Nicholas Sarkozy should call off a contentious debate on Islam planned for next week.

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National Front reaches out to Jewish community

By Michel Zlotowski, March 24, 2011

France's extreme-right National Front party is seeking to rebuild its connections to the Jewish community.

The National Front's vice president Louis Aliot said that his party must "reactivate" the "National Circle of Jewish Frenchmen to fight against the discrimination organized by CRIF and some lobbies".

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French radio station forced to withdraw Le Pen invite

By Michel Zlotowski, March 17, 2011

Radio J, a Jewish independent radio station, has infuriated leaders of the community by inviting Marine Le Pen to a political talk show.

Under heavy pressure, the station had to withdraw its invitation to the new leader of the extreme right-wing National Front party.

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