France

Probe into mother's death after custody fight with prince

By Jennifer Lipman, August 20, 2012

A French Jewish mother locked in a custody battle with a member of the Saudi royal family who she claimed had kidnapped her daughter has fallen to her death, just a few months after a court ruled in her favour.

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Marine Le Pen sues Bernard-Henri Levy for defamation

By Michel Zlotowski, August 16, 2012

The leader of the French far-right, Marine Le Pen, is suing author Bernard-Henri Levy and Haïm Musicant, the director of Crif, the country’s Jewish umbrella group, for accusing her of antisemitism.

If convicted by the Paris Court of Justice, both Mr Levy and Mr Musicant face a fine of up to 15,000 euros.

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Hollande: France must face its Holocaust past

By Liam Hoare, July 26, 2012

In the presence of President François Hollande, the 70th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv round-up was officially commemorated last Sunday in Paris. On July 16 and 17, 1942, 12,884 Jews were penned into the Vélodrome d’Hiver for five days in the summer heat with little sustenance, before being moved on to Drancy and extermination at Auschwitz.

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Madonna sued by National Front's Marine Le Pen

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

The Queen of Pop is facing legal action from France's far right leader over a controversial stunt in her current world tour.

Madonna has staged a scene in her current MDNA show in which a photograph of Marine Le Pen, the National Front leader, is shown with a swastika superimposed over it/

Others who come in for the same treatment include the pope, Sarah Palin and Hitler.

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Tour de France snubs velodrome Holocaust memorial

By Michel Zlotowski, July 12, 2012

The Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), which runs the Tour de France, has said it is not the business of a sports organisation to commemorate the 1942 round-up of Paris’s Jews, despite the involvement of the cycling body’s former director in the mass-deportation.

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Shock over Toulouse gunman Merah recording

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 10, 2012

Relatives of the Toulouse terror victims have spoken of their shock at the broadcast of killer Mohamed Merah's negotiations with police on French national television.

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Toulouse Jewish school pupil attacked in France

By Jennifer Lipman, July 10, 2012

An identifiably Jewish teenager who attends the Toulouse school attacked by an Islamist gunman earlier this year has been targeted by thugs on a train.

The 17-year-old boy was allegedly insulted and harassed by a group of men on a train to Lyon last week. He was wearing a kippah at the time.

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Deal reached in Google France autocorrect battle

By Heidi Heinemann, June 29, 2012

Internet giant Google has reached a deal with French anti-racism groups following a lawsuit brought against it in regards to the autocomplete feature of its search engine.

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Dominique Strauss Kahn, Anne Sinclair reportedly separated

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2012

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is believed to have separated from his wife of more than two decades.

The former IMF chief and his wife, Anne Sinclair, maintained a unite front as he was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid last summer.

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Israeli jumps to his death off the Eiffel Tower

By Jennifer Lipman, June 26, 2012

French investigators are looking into how an Israeli visitor was able to scale the Eiffel Tower and jump off in an apparent suicide attempt.

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