France

Why no Auschwitz visit for French Euro 2012 team, Jewish leader asks

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2012

The leader of the French Jewish umbrella organisation has expressed surprise that his country's football team did not visit Auschwitz ahead of the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland.

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Arrests over latest 'antisemitic' attack in France

By Jennifer Lipman, June 12, 2012

Three men have been arrested in France in connection with an alleged antisemitic attack on a Jewish teenager in a Paris suburb.

The 18-year-old was walking in the street on Friday when he was set upon by three men who stole his phone and shouted antisemitic abuse at him.

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Family of Toulouse gunman Merah sue over his death

By Jennifer Lipman, June 12, 2012

The family of the man who murdered four people outside a Jewish school in Toulouse in March has begun legal action, alleging that the gunman was murdered.

Mohammed Merah, who killed seven people during his shooting spree in France, died after a 32-hour stand-off with police in an apartment in Toulouse. Two officers were wounded during the exchange of fire.

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Carry on camping in Northern France

By Lianne Kolirin, June 8, 2012

We were halfway through day three of our week in France and I was practically down on my knees begging my children to sit down and watch TV.

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'Explosion' of antisemitic attacks in France

By Jessica Elgot, June 7, 2012

The murder of three French children and a rabbi at a Toulouse Jewish school marked the beginning of an “explosion” of more than 140 antisemitic incidents across France, the French Jewish community security service says.

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Attack on Jewish men outside French synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2012

Jewish organisations have expressed concern after a group of French Jews were subjected to a verbal and physical attack while on their way to synagogue.

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Hollande pledges to fight antisemitism

By Gideon Kouts, May 17, 2012

New French President Francois Hollande used his inauguration address to stress his commitment to fighting antisemitism.

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A French-Greek wake-up call

By Melanie Phillips, May 10, 2012

The recent elections here and in Europe have left Jews and all who care about freedom and democracy with many reasons for unease.

In Greece, around two thirds of those who voted did so for extremist parties of left and right. Chillingly, the neo-Nazi "Golden Dawn"party won no fewer than 21 seats.

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Roman Polanski to make film about The Dreyfus Affair

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

Veteran filmmaker Roman Polanski is to bring one of the most notorious cases of antisemitism to the big screen.

Mr Polanski is set to direct a film about The Dreyfus Affair, a scandal that erupted in 1890s Paris after a Jewish artillery officer, a graduate of the elite Polytechnic Grande Ecole, was arrested for spying.

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Welcome to France, where the anti-Israel vote is now key

By Robin Shepherd, May 9, 2012

In a fascinating piece on the recent presidential elections in France, French political analyst Michel Gurfinkiel contrasted the fortunes of left and right in the 18th and 17th districts in the north of Paris. The 18th voted overwhelmingly for the left; the 17th for the right.

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