France

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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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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