France

French students to sue Twitter over antisemitic posts

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2013

Social networking site Twitter is facing a £33 million lawsuit for refusing to divulge the identities of antisemitic users.

The site, which turns seven today, is being sued by the Union of French Jewish Students for ignoring a court ruling to turn over details of the users.

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A year after the Toulouse school slaughter, the hatred that drove it still thrives

By Liam Hoare, March 14, 2013

In the easterly part of Toulouse, where the detached houses range from washed white to poached salmon and burnt peach, sits the Ohr Torah school. Set within a formidable compound, gated behind walls flanked by security cameras, it has been this way for a long time, for the safety and security of the children.

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Holocaust survivor and Occupy inspiration dies

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2013

Stéphane Hessel, co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and an inspiration for the global Occupy movement, died last week aged 95.

Mr Hessel was born in Berlin but moved to Paris with his Jewish father and Protestant mother when he was eight. He became a naturalised French citizen in 1939.

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Spurs fans attacked by 'neo-Nazis' in France

By Ray Filar, February 21, 2013

A gang of masked men allegedly chanting Nazi slogans attacked Tottenham fans drinking in a crowded pub in France, leaving three supporters injured.

Up to 150 Spurs fans were drinking at the Smoking Dog pub in Lyons on Wednesday evening, in advance of the club’s Europa League match against the city's team.

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New friends help me mind the gap

By Steven Allweis, February 21, 2013

Travelling around the world on your own at the age of 20 is a fairly daunting prospect.

Leaving behind family, friends, university and the culture you know so well is not easy, especially when your first destination is a soulless, depressing hostel nearly 10,000km away.

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Exodus to the UK as French Jews escape antisemitism

By Anna Sheinman, February 21, 2013

The number of French Jews crossing the Channel to find safe haven in the UK has surged as figures published this week revealed a 58 per cent increase in antisemitic incidents in France in 2012.

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Antisemitic attack in Marseilles

By Ray Filar, February 6, 2013

A young Jewish man wearing a star of David pendant was called a "dirty Jew" and mugged outside Marseilles’ major train station this week.

Two men on scooters approached the 20-year-old at 3.30 pm on February 4 outside Saint-Charles train station.

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Knife-wielding woman threatens boy at Toulouse Jewish school

By Ray Filar , February 6, 2013

A woman has been arrested for brandishing a knife at a student outside the same Toulouse Jewish school which was the scene of last year's terrorist murders.

Allegedly shouting antisemitic slogans and appearing “mentally unstable”, the 51-year-old woman waved the knife at the boy as he left the Ohr HaTorah school yesterday.

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Court orders Twitter to help identify racist users

By Orlando Radice, January 25, 2013

A Paris court has ordered Twitter to hand over to the police whatever data it has on the identities of those who circulated antisemitic tweets last autumn.

The case was brought against Twitter by the French Jewish student union after the hashtag ‘#UnBonJuif’ (“a good Jew") became the third most popular in France for several hours on October 10 last year.

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French Jews in danger, says Simon Wiesenthal Centre

By Anna Sheinman, January 23, 2013

The French government must call a state of emergency because terrorist groups are targeting its citizens and especially its Jewish community, a member of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Europe has said.

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