France

Leviev £88m jewellery heist is 'the biggest ever'

By Josh Jackman, July 29, 2013

Around £88 million worth of diamonds and jewels owned by an Israeli billionaire has been stolen from a Cannes exhibition in the most expensive heist in history.

The masked gunman held up the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel in broad daylight on Sunday while he filled a briefcase with items belonging to Russian-born Lev Leviev.

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Twitter defeat on hate ‘likely to be one-off’

By Josh Jackman and Shirli Sitbon, July 19, 2013

Lawyers are arguing that Twitter’s compliance with a French court order to release the details of users who posted antisemitic tweets is unlikely set a worldwide precedent.

British media lawyer Simon Gallant said the social media company had been “dragged kicking and screaming to comply” and that “they will do their utmost to resist other applications from other places.

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Twitter hands over details of hate tweeters

By Sandy Rashty, July 12, 2013

The identities of people who posted antisemitic messages on Twitter have been disclosed after a year-long legal row between the French Union of Jewish Students and the American social media site.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that the details of users who posted hate messages had been handed over to French authorities. It is not yet known how many users have been reported.

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Al-Dura man loses case

By JCReporter, June 27, 2013

A media analyst who accused a French TV network of forging its report on the death of Mohammad al-Dura — a 12-year-old boy killed in Gaza in 2000 who became an icon of the second intifada — has been convicted of defamation by a Paris court after a lengthy legal battle.

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Twitter criticised over hate speech case

By Josh Jackman, June 21, 2013

Twitter has no plans to abandon attempts to overturn a ruling that it must reveal details of users who tweeted antisemitic messages, despite the decision of a French court to refuse an appeal by the company.

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Plateau people who defied Vichy

By Lucy Daltroff, June 21, 2013

It’s easy to drive through the main street of the unremarkable French village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and miss the small modern, glass museum.

That would be a mistake, because the building, opened earlier this month, contains an intriguing wartime story of courage and subterfuge which took place on this sparsely populated plateau of the Auvergne.

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UK shechita supporters at odds with French rabbis over foie gras

By Josh Jackman , June 18, 2013

Shechita UK has strenuously denied claims from the head of the Paris Rabbinical Court that Israel’s proposed ban on foie gras could lead to European countries outlawing shechita in retaliation.

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Israeli foie gras ban could spark anti-shechita backlash, warns rabbi

By Josh Jackman, June 17, 2013

The head of the Paris Rabbinical Court has called on Israel to reject a proposed bill to ban the importation and trading of foie gras, claiming that such a move could lead to European countries outlawing shechita in retaliation.

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Israel's foie gras ban would spark anti-shechita backlash, says rabbi

By Josh Jackman, June 17, 2013

The head of the Paris Rabbinical Court has called on Israel to reject a proposed bill to ban the importation and trading of foie gras, claiming that such a move could lead to European countries outlawing shechita in retaliation.

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Twitter ordered to reveal hate tweeters

By Orlando Radice, June 13, 2013

A French appeal court has rejected a bid by Twitter to withhold details of users accused of posting antisemitic messages.

The company was ordered to hand over the data after France's Union of Jewish Students and four human rights groups filed a complaint against Twitter over a wave of antisemitic hashtags and messages that appeared on the site in October 2012.

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