France

President Hollande pays tribute to victims of "dreadful antisemitic attack"

By JC Reporter, January 9, 2015

The French president, Francois Hollande, has paid tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris.

Speaking in the aftermath of the police operation to release hostages held at the supermarket, President Hollande confirmed that four people had been killed in what he described as a "dreadful antisemitic attack".

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Four hostages dead as kosher supermarket siege ends

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2015

Four hostages were killed as police ended a siege in a Parisian kosher supermarket today.

One of the terrorists responsible, Amedy Coulibaly, was killed by police.

Two police officers were injured in the raid.

Shortly before police entered, six explosions were heard emanating from the supermarket.

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After the Charlie Hebdo attack: what else can we expect?

By Orlando Radice, January 8, 2015

French Muslim extremists have been responsible for two of Europe’s most horrific recent antisemitic attacks, and Islamist-inspired assaults on Jews and firebombings of synagogues are now regular occurrences in France.

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Abbas looks to France for help at UN

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

The Palestinian Authority is planning to cooperate with the French government in its bid to secure UN recognition for a Palestinian state.

The PA has been lobbying the Security Council to vote for its proposal to impose a two-year deadline on establishing a state.

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Outrage as French theatres host hate comic

December 11, 2014

Twenty french theatres have come under fire for agreeing to host a one-man show by antisemitic comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala.

The show, titled The Impure Beast, features dirty jokes about Ilan Halimi, a Parisian who was tortured and murdered in 2006 because he was Jewish. Dieudonné is the inventor of the fascist quenelle gesture, which has been copied across Europe.

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France votes for Palestine

By Naomi Firsht, December 4, 2014

French MPs voted in favour of recognising a Palestinian state this week.

The parliamentary motion, which was passed by 339 votes to 151, was non-binding and will have no real diplomatic effect.

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Woman raped as partner bound and gagged

By Orlando Radice, December 2, 2014

A French Jewish woman has been raped by armed attackers who broke into her apartment demanding money and hurling antisemitic insults.

The woman’s partner was bound and gagged while one of the men carried out the assault.

The attack took place in Créteil, south east of Paris.

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French parliament votes to recognise Palestinian state

By Naomi Firsht, December 2, 2014

French MPs voted in favour of recognising a state of Palestine in a parliamentary session today.

The motion, which demands the French government recognise the state of Palestine, was passed by 339 votes to 151. It was non-binding and will have no real diplomatic effect. However, it echoes the symbolic votes by parliaments in the UK, Sweden, Spain and Ireland.

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France sets Palestinian state deadline

By JC Reporter, November 28, 2014

The French government has said that it will move to officially recognise a Palestinian state if the next push for a deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians fails.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has proposed a two-year timeframe to end the conflict through a UN-backed resolution.

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