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  • Film on French fugitive living free in Israel stirs unease

    20 hours ago

    An authoritative voice and phone credit was all Gilbert Chikli needed to steal millions of euros from seasoned bankers and businessmen in his native France.

    One of France’s most famous criminals, the 50-year-old Chikli was sentenced in May by a Paris court to seven years in jail...

  • Poll: Majority of French Muslims on board with daughter marrying a Jew

    1 week ago

    A majority of French Muslims said they would react positively if their daughter married a Jew, a survey found.

    The results were part of a document comprising three reports published Sunday by the polling firm Ipsos based on opinion polls and interviews conducted over 2014 and...

  • France to recognise Palestinian state unless deadlock with Israel broken

    2 weeks ago

    France will recognise a Palestinian state if a final push that Paris plans to lead for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians fails, its foreign minister said on Friday.

    U.S.-led efforts to broker peace for a two-state solution collapsed in April 2014 and since...

  • Man arrested with handguns at Disneyland Paris

    2 weeks ago

    A man was arrested carrying two handguns and a copy of the Quran at the Disneyland Paris amusement park outside Paris on Thursday, French officials said.

    France remains in a state of emergency after Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in a series of jihadist...

  • EU security chiefs brace for more Islamist attacks

    2 weeks ago

    Islamic State and other militants are very likely to attempt big new attacks in Europe following those in Paris, the EU's police agency said on Monday, echoing previous warnings by senior security officials.

    The assessment was based on discussions concluded eight weeks ago by...

  • Suspects arrested in murder of French Jewish politician

    3 weeks ago

    French police reportedly have arrested two suspects in the murder of a French Jewish politician who was found dead in his home.

    The men, ages 21 and 23, were arrested over the weekend and accused of murder, robbery, arrest, arbitrary detention and forcible confinement and...

  • French Jews, struggling to find work in Israel, consider going home

    3 weeks ago

    Before she traded her native France for Israel, Catherine Berdah ran a successful drug store in an affluent suburb on the eastern edge of Paris.

    A 50-year-old pharmacist with a master’s degree in business and decades of experience, Berdah earned over $6,000 per month and presided...

  • French PM: Attacks in France, Israel show we are ‘in world war’

    3 weeks ago

    Listing terrorist attacks in Israel along with attacks by the Islamic State, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said they showed “we are in a world war.”

    Valls made the statement Monday at a Paris hotel in an address before approximately 350 listeners, mostly from the Jewish...

  • French lawmakers wear kippah to parliament following Jew’s stabbing

    January 15, 2016 | 8:18 am

    A French-Jewish lawmaker and his non-Jewish colleague wore kippahs in parliament to signal their rejection of anti-Semitism.

    Meyer Habib and Claude Goasguen were filmed wearing the Jewish head covering, also known as a yarmulke or skullcap, briefly in the corridors of the...

  • In poor Paris suburb, crime and extremism spur internal Jewish exodus

    January 12, 2016 | 11:11 am

    At this Paris suburb’s only Jewish facility, Rabbi Prosper Abenaim serves sweet tea to his synagogue’s most frequent and reliable guests: machine gun-toting troops of the French Legion.

    Six soldiers, posted here to defend Jews in this heavily Muslim and crime-stricken...

  • Marseille Jews split on proposal to remove kippah for safety

    January 12, 2016 | 10:46 am

    Representatives of the Jewish community of Marseille issued conflicting statements on whether Jews should hide their kippah in the southern French city following a spate of anti-Semitic stabbings.

    Tzvi Amar, president of the local office of the Consistoire, the French Jewish...

  • Teenager says attack on Jewish teacher was for Islamic State

    January 11, 2016 | 11:47 am

    A teenager who attacked a Jewish teacher in Marseille on Monday is a Turkish citizen of Kurdish origin who said he acted in the name of the militant Islamist group Islamic State, the prosecutor in the southern French city of Marseille said.

    "He claimed to have acted in the name...

  • Anti-Semitic incidents soared in France in 2014

    January 7, 2016 | 3:56 pm

    Anti-Semitic incidents doubled in France in 2014 over the previous year even as other hate crimes decreased, according to a new report.

    Breaking the Cycle of Violence,” which was published Thursday by the Human Rights First nonprofit on the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo and...

  • Charlie Hebdo editor: We are used to Jews being killed

    January 5, 2016 | 11:18 am

    No one questions when Jews are killed because they are Jewish, the editor of Charlie Hebdo wrote in a special edition of the French satirical magazine marking the first anniversary of a terror attack on its staff.

    “We are so used to Jews being killed because they are Jewish,”...

  • French Jews condemn attack on mosque on Corsica

    December 28, 2015 | 11:48 am

    The umbrella group of French Jewish communities condemned rioting at a mosque on the French island of Corsica, which occurred following an assault on two firemen there.

    The events referenced in the statement by the CRIF umbrella group Saturday occurred in the Corsican...

  • Israel reports record immigration of Jews from France in 2015

    December 24, 2015 | 1:19 am

    A record number of French Jews moved to Israel this year, an immigration official said on Thursday, citing anti-Semitic violence and economic insecurity in the European country as causes.

    France has the largest Jewish population in Europe, having grown by nearly half since World...

  • Israel reports record immigration of Jews from France in 2015

    December 24, 2015 | 1:19 am

    A record number of French Jews moved to Israel this year, an immigration official said on Thursday, citing anti-Semitic violence and economic insecurity in the European country as causes.

    France has the largest Jewish population in Europe, having grown by nearly half since World...

  • How the world learned its lesson and got a climate deal

    December 14, 2015 | 12:28 pm

    It was an agreement born from a fear of failure, delivered by the smoothness of French diplomacy.

    Six years earlier, countries had bitterly walked away from global climate talks in Copenhagen without a deal. The decision to reassemble in Paris to try again at getting almost 200...

  • French far-right National Front party wins first round of local elections

    December 7, 2015 | 12:19 pm

    The far-right National Front party won the first round of local elections in France.

    Less than a month after the Islamic State terror attacks in Paris that killed 130, the anti-immigrant National Front garnered 28 percent of the vote nationally on Sunday, edging the center-right...

  • Taking of hostages in northern France not linked to Paris attacks

    November 24, 2015 | 12:46 pm

    Armed men who took hostages on Tuesday in the northern French town of Roubaix appeared to have no link to the Nov. 13 attacks by Islamist militants in Paris but were probably planning a robbery, police sources said on Tuesday.

    "This is apparently not a terrorist attack, it's apparently a robbery," one police source said.

    France remains on high alert after the Nov. 13 attacks in and around Paris in which 130 people were killed.

  • ADL denounces top GOP hopefuls over anti-Muslim remarks

    November 20, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Friday voiced concern over recent comments made by the three top Republican presidential candidates about Muslim refugees in the aftermath of the deadly terror attacks in Paris.

    On Thursday, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump...

  • We’ll always have Paris

    November 18, 2015 | 2:28 pm

    Our third president has been often quoted as having said, “Every man has two countries — his own and France.” What Thomas Jefferson actually said, quoting directly from his autobiography, is:

    “So ask the travelled inhabitant of any nation, In what country on Earth would you...

  • French Jewish teacher wounded in anti-Semitic stabbing in Marseille

    November 18, 2015 | 12:35 pm

    A Jewish teacher in the French city of Marseille was stabbed by a man wearing an Islamic State T-shirt who shouted anti-Semitic profanities at him with two other men.

    The victim, a history teacher at a Jewish school, suffered injuries that were not considered life threatening,...

  • The Paris attacks: Through a photographer’s lens

    November 18, 2015 | 11:50 am

    The weekend appeared calm. I had the evening off and was at home, Philippe Wojazer was “on call,” Benoit Tessier and Gonzalo Fuentes were covering the France v Germany friendly at the Stade de France, while Jacky Naegelen was editing the game from home in Alsace using remote...

  • Islamic State attack on ‘Crusader France’ also killed Muslims

    November 18, 2015 | 10:23 am

    Among the dead in last week's Paris attacks were two sisters celebrating a birthday, a promising architect, a talented musician and a woman shot while out doing some late shopping.

    What they had in common was that they were Muslims killed in the random slaughter carried out by...

  • Eagles of Death Metal returns home, suspends all shows, after Paris attack

    November 18, 2015 | 9:16 am

    The California-based rock band Eagles of Death Metal, whose Paris concert was turned into a bloodbath by gunmen opening fire on the audience during their performance, has returned to the United States and suspended all further shows, the group said in a statement on Wednesday.

  • Paris attack suspect eludes police, complicating probe

    November 17, 2015 | 4:37 pm

    French police had three opportunities to catch a Belgian suspect in the Paris attacks and each time let him go, a defence lawyer said on Tuesday, adding to the missed signals complicating efforts to track down those behind an onslaught in which 129 people were killed.


  • After Paris attacks, English soccer fans salute France by roaring out the ‘Marseillaise’

    November 17, 2015 | 3:04 pm

    English soccer fans saluted France on Tuesday by roaring out the 'Marseillaise' national anthem at a friendly match watched by British politicians and royalty in a show of solidarity just days after Islamic State militants struck Paris.

    As armed police looked on, David Cameron,...

  • France, Russia strike Islamic State; new suspect sought

    November 17, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    France and Russia bombed Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday, punishing the group for attacks in Paris and against a Russian airliner that together killed 353 people, and made the first tentative steps toward a possible military alliance.

    Islamic State has claimed...

  • French-Israelis, reeling from attacks, relieved to be out

    November 17, 2015 | 11:19 am

    It was 2 a.m. when Illana Attali’s friend’s screams woke her. Her friend had just heard about the series of coordinated terror attacks on Paris — a wave of violence that would kill at least 129 people on Friday.

    A Paris native who moved to Tel Aviv five years ago, Attali, 31, had...

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