France

App to combat antisemitism launched in France

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

A new smartphone application to report antisemitism has been introduced in France.

The app, launched this week by International League Against Racism and Antisemitism (Licra), a French organisation, will enable users contact police via a digital panic button and even photograph antisemitic graffiti.

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Four arrested in connection with Toulouse killings

By Sandy Rashty, May 29, 2013

Four people have been arrested in connection with the Toulouse shootings last year.

According to reports, the men were arrested in Toulouse on Tuesday on suspicion of being accomplices to self-proclaimed “Islamic warrior” Mohammed Merah.

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Rabbi and son stabbed in Paris outside their synagogue

By Anna Sheinman, April 23, 2013

A rabbi and his son have been stabbed outside a synagogue in Paris after leaving morning prayers, sources in France have reported.

Shimon Samuels at the Simon Weisenthal Centre in Paris said: “At 7am this morning, an Iranian screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ attacked a rabbi and his son with a cutter outside his synagogue in the 9th district of Paris.”

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Fit for a king, but not for a rabbi?

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 22, 2013

The tragedy of Gilles Bernheim is symptomatic of a wider hypocrisy where issues of intellectual dishonesty are concerned.

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Plagiarism by chief rabbi shocks France

By Shirli Sitbon, April 11, 2013

France’s chief rabbi has stunned the Jewish community after admitting to plagiarism in his latest book, Forty Jewish Meditations, and to deception about his academic credentials.

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Reports: The chief rabbi of France has resigned

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2013

The chief rabbi of France has resigned following the revelation that he plagiarised part of his latest book, according to a report by Le Figaro.

Rabbi Gilles Bernheim also admitted that he had not been truthful about his academic credentials, having never taken the final exam in his philosophy degree.

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Survey: antisemitism rises 30 per cent worldwide

By Zoe Winograd, April 8, 2013

A survey has shown a 30 per cent increase in global acts of antisemitism.

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Air France fined for refusing to fly activist to Israel

By Zoe Winograd, April 5, 2013

Air France has been court ordered to pay a $12,800 (£8,400) fine for taking a pro-Palestinian activist off a plane for not being Jewish.

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Letter to France's Chief Rabbi targets journalists

By Ian Sparks, April 4, 2013

France’s chief Rabbi has been sent a threatening letter warning of “brutal action” if he does not halt the activities of Jewish journalists who are trying to “curb the liberty of the French”.

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Maurice Levy's inspiration: his grandfather rabbi

By Anna Sheinman, March 22, 2013

Maurice Lévy, one of the most powerful men in global advertising, has named his rabbi grandfather as his greatest inspiration.

Mr Lévy is chief executive officer of the French Publicis Groupe, one of the three largest advertising companies in the world, with a £5bn revenue last year.

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