France

Jewish man attacked in France

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2012

It has emerged that a Jewish man was attacked in a Paris metro station on his way home from synagogue during Rosh Hashanah.

The victim, 52, was beaten by two attackers and left unconscious on the subway floor.

French antisemitism watchdog, the BNVCA, believes that the incident was driven by hate because the victim was reading a book by the chief rabbi of Paris when the attack happened.

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Paris region to sign co-operation deal with East Jerusalem

By Shirli Sitbon, October 12, 2012

later this month, the Paris region will sign a co-operation agreement with the Palestinian district of East Jerusalem.

It will be only the second such deal between France’s most populous region and a Middle Eastern city; the first such deal was struck with Beirut.

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France's Interior Minister: Hundreds of potential terrorists

By JC Reporter, October 11, 2012

France’s Interior Minister, Manuel Valls, has warned that the terror cell arrested this week after plotting an attack on a kosher grocery is just one of many.

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Jean-Marie Le Pen backs Marine on kippah ban

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2012

The founder of France's main far right party has backed its current leader after she called for a public ban of kippot along with Muslim headscarves and other religious symbols.

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National Front’s Le Pen calls for kippah ban

By Anna Sheinman, September 21, 2012

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right party the National Front, has called for a public ban of kippot along with Muslim headscarves and other religious symbols.

In an interview with French newspaper Le Monde released earlier today, she called for a ban of headscarves “in shops, on public transport, in the street…”

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Strauss-Kahn's wife 'doing well' after separation

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2012

Their relationship survived his political rise, her appointment as editor of the French Huffington Post, and of course, the scandal of his alleged infidelities in a New York hotel room.

But the romantic coupling of Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Anne Sinclair appears to be no more.

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French prosecutors to investigate Arafat death

By Anna Sheinman, August 29, 2012

French prosecutors have opened a murder inquiry into the 2004 death of Palestinian Authority leader Yasir Arafat.

Suha Arafat, his widow, lodged a legal complaint for murder last month, and the French public prosecutor has now ruled that an inquiry can take place.

Mr Arafat, who died aged 75 in a military hospital in France, was said by French doctors to have died of a massive stroke.

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Galliano stripped of Legion d’Honneur

By Anna Sheinman, August 28, 2012

British fashion designer John Galliano has been stripped of his Legion d’Honneur for his racist and antisemitic behaviour, it emerged on Monday.

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Death camp letter sent to French rabbi

By Ian Sparks, August 23, 2012

French anti-terror police are on high alert after a chief rabbi was sent harrowing images of Jewish children being marched to a Second World War death camp.

A menacing letter and the grim pictures were posted to Chief Rabbi Richard Wertenschlag at his synagogue in Lyon.

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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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