Four killed at French Jewish school shooting

By Jessica Elgot, March 19, 2012

At least two children from a Jewish school in Toulouse, south-west France, were killed this morning after a man on a scooter opened fire.

Four people have been killed, including a father and his two sons and one other student.


French politicians round on kosher slaughter

By Michel Zlotowski, March 8, 2012

Nicolas Sarkozy appeared to be trying to out-play far-right leader Marine Le Pen at her own game last Sunday when he told a Bordeaux crowd: "Let us recognise the right for everyone to know what they are eating…

"Meat should be labelled according to the way the animal is slaughtered," he added.


Sarkozy shocks French Limmud

By Andrew Rosemarine, March 8, 2012

The statements by President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prime Minister Francois Fillon that halal and kosher meat should be labelled provoked a storm at French Limmud (Limoud), taking place this week just outside Paris.

Speaking at the event, Dr Joel Mergui, the Head of the Consistoire Israelite, the umbrella group for the synagogues of the 250 communities of France, asked: "Is European Jewry in danger


National Front thugs mount anti-Jewish attack in Paris

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2012

A well-known French journalist has accused the right wing National Front party of allowing racist speech to be used "freely" after she and her partner were targeted by anti-Jewish thugs.


French university closes because of anti-Israel conference

By Jennifer Lipman, February 27, 2012

A Paris university has been forced to close for two days because of the "public order" threat posed by a group of anti-Israel activists.

A group called Collectif Palestine Paris 8 were initially given permission to hold a conference this Monday and Tuesday looking at Israel's "apartheid" practices on the campus of the Paris-8 University.


Oscar-winning Artist director Hazanavicius's Jewish family history

By Jennifer Lipman, February 27, 2012

The son of Holocaust survivors who hid from the Nazis in the French woodlands was last night celebrating the greatest honour in filmmaking.

Michel Hazanavicius's homage to silent film, The Artist, took home the Oscar for Best Director at the Los Angeles ceremony last night, as well as awards for Best Picture and Best Actor for its star, Jean Dujardin.


Le Pen fine over Nazi 'blunder'

By Michel Zlotowski, February 23, 2012

Last week the Paris Court of Appeal handed an 83-year-old Jean-Marie Le Pen a three-month suspended sentence and a 10,000 euro (£8,300) fine for minimising Nazi crimes during the occupation of France.

In 2005, Le Pen, then president of the extreme-right wing Front National, said: "The German occupation had not been especially inhuman, even if some blunders occurred, unavoidable in a 550,000 sq


French police launch formal investigation into Burley stag party

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

French prosecutors have announced that a formal police investigation has been opened into a “Nazi-themed” stag party attended by a Conservative MP.

Aidan Burley, MP for Cannock Chase, lost his job as Private Secretary to Transport Secretary Justine Greening after being filmed at the event in the Val Thorens ski resort last year.


Will French Greens get Yom Kippur to be a national holiday? Not so fast

By Liam Hoare, February 2, 2012

Upon suggesting that Yom Kippur ought to be made a national holiday in France last month, Eva Joly - candidate for Les Verts - was briskly condemned by the left, the right and the far-right.


Saudi Prince won't give my daughter back

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2012

A French Jewish woman won a court victory this week after a judge granted her custody of her daughter, whom she claims has been held captive by the girl's Saudi royal father.

But Candice Cohen-Ahnine, 34, is unable to celebrate because Prince Sattam al-Saoud refused to comply with the ruling, which also demands monthly child support of £8,300.

Aya, ten, remains in a Riyadh palace, where Ms