Le Pen party campaigns in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, December 15, 2011

France's far-right National Front plans to bring its campaign for next year's French elections to Israel, the party's vice-president has told the JC.

In the first Israel visit by a NF official, Louis Aliot, who is partner of leader Marine Le Pen as well as second-in-command in the party, spent two days this week in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

No elected politicians agreed to meet him, though he


Like Piaf, tragic Barbara is the true voice of France

By Norman Lebrecht, December 15, 2011

Her grave, at the suburban end of a Paris bus line, is never long unattended. A wooden box on the marble base is stuffed with notes from visiting fans. A student drops by in her lunch hour to play Mozart. "Barbara loved Mozart," she explains.


Sarkozy wanted to be part of Shalit deal

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2011

The French president has blamed last month's outburst against Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on France being "left out" of the deal to free a captured IDF soldier.

Gilad Shalit, who holds dual Israeli and French citizenship, was released form the clutches of Hamas in October after more than five years of captivity.


Strauss-Kahn not looking for Israel bank job

November 25, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has denied rumours that he and his wife will be making a fresh start in Israel.

After the couple spent last weekend in Israel, French press reported that Mr Strauss-Kahn could be a possible replacement for Stanley Fischer, governor of the Bank of Israel Governor.

But Mr Strauss-Kahn's lawyer, Richard Malka, strongly denied the speculation.


Sarkozy: Netanyahu 'liar' gaffe was misunderstood

By Jennifer Lipman, November 25, 2011

The French president has attempted to smooth the waters after his comments criticising Israel's Prime Minister were overheard by reporters.

Earlier this month Nicolas Sarkozy and President Barack Obama were left red-faced when it emerged that the former had complained that Benjamin Netanyahu was a liar.


French Socialists to fire four Jewish MPs

By Michel Zlotowski, November 24, 2011

The french Socialist Party is due to sack four Jewish MPs as part of a coalition deal with the Green Party ahead of next year's elections.

The Socialists and the Greens signed an agreement last month to back one candidate per constituency for the 2012 National Assembly poll.


Sarkozy and Obama in Netanyahu gaffe

November 8, 2011

President Sarkozy appears to have revealed his true feelings for Israel's Prime Minister - calling him a liar in private conversation picked up by microphones they thought were turned off.

The French leader was apparently overheard talking to President Obama about Benjamin Netanyahu at last week's G20 summit.


Britain, France ready to abstain on Palestinian UN vote

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2011

The British and French governments are reportedly planning to abstain if the Palestinian Authority's unilateral bid for UN membership reaches a vote.

The Palestinians won membership of the UN cultural agency UNESCO week, a move which France backed but Britain abstained on.


European divide over Palestinian UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

The French Foreign Minister has warned of a growing divide in Europe following the Palestinian Authority's unilateral bid for statehood.

Alain Juppe said that a lot of energy would be required to maintain unity among the 27 European Union member states.


Strauss-Kahn rules out French presidential run

By Anna Sheinman, September 19, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has announced that he will not run as President of France despite assault charges having been dropped against him over an alleged sexual attack in a New York hotel in May.