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

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    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,...

  • Watchdog: Anti-Semitic attacks in France climbed 84% after kosher shop killings

    July 13, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    The number of anti-Semitic attacks recorded in France during the first quarter of 2015 increased by 84 percent over the corresponding period last year, a watchdog group said.

    The SPCJ security service of France’s Jewish communities released the figures Monday in a quarterly...

  • French National Assembly approves $60 million Holocaust reparations fund

    June 25, 2015 | 1:54 pm

    The French National Assembly voted to approve the creation of a $60 million fund to compensate Holocaust victims transported to Nazi camps by the state railroad SNCF.

    The fund, to be administered by the United States, would compensate foreign nationals and also protect France...

  • Irma Schwager, Austrian-Jewish activist in French resistance, dies at 95

    June 23, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    Irma Schwager, an Austrian-Jewish refugee who lost most of her family in the Holocaust and worked with the French resistance, has died.

    Her death at 95 was announced on Monday by Austria’s Communist Party, for whom she was honorary chairwoman.

    During World War II, Schwager, nee...

  • Prosecutor asks for Strauss-Kahn acquittal in French sex trial

    February 17, 2015 | 3:41 pm

    A French prosecutor asked a criminal court on Tuesday to acquit former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of a pimping charge for his role in what investigating magistrates argued was an organized sex ring using prostitutes.

    Strauss-Kahn was tipped to become French president before...

  • Police hunt three Frenchmen after 12 killed in Paris attack

    January 7, 2015 | 4:41 pm

    Police are hunting three French nationals, including two brothers from the Paris region, after suspected Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at a satirical magazine on Wednesday, a police official and government source said.

    The hooded attackers stormed the Paris offices of Charlie...

  • Islamic State fighter praises attack on Paris satirical magazine

    January 7, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    A fighter of the Islamic State militant group praised Wednesday's attack on a French satirical magazine that killed at least 12 people, telling Reuters the raid was revenge for insults against Islam.

    [RELATED: Charlie Hebdo and the freedom to offend]

    Hooded gunmen stormed the...

  • When Hate Metastasizes, Plant Love.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 16, 2014 | 6:02 pm

    where milk and honey once flowed
    three boys were killed
    and one burned
    rockets fell
    bombs replaced the night stars
    echos from distant lands
    from ovens filled with ash
    the language of love used in shame
    fans cool Facebook heat, twitter on texts
    no dialogues, just parallel...

  • French Jewish leader: ‘It’s not so pleasant living there as Jews’

    May 12, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    France’s flag has three stripes, and its motto promotes three values: liberty, equality and fraternity.

    Now, its Jewish community — Europe’s largest — faces three threats, according to Roger Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish organizations and a vice...

  • Police investigate false bomb threat against comedian Dieudonne

    January 3, 2014 | 11:46 am

    French comedian Diedonne M’bala M’bala complained to police about threats to blow up the theater in which he performs.

    The bomb threat was made Thursday against the Main D’Or theater, which Dieudonne operates, in Paris’ 11th arrondissement, according to MetroNews.fr. Police...

  • NBA’s Tony Parker apologizes for anti-Semitic salute

    December 31, 2013 | 9:34 am

    NBA star Tony Parker has apologized for performing an anti-Semitic salute after a three-year-old photo was published in the French media.

    The photo shows Parker, who was born in Belgium and is a French national, performing the quenelle salute earlier this year with its inventor,...

  • Arafat did not die of poisoning, French tests conclude

    December 3, 2013 | 12:43 pm

    Yasser Arafat was not the victim of poisoning, French forensic tests concluded on Tuesday, countering the theory put forward by a Swiss report on the 2004 death of the Palestinian leader.

    The French conclusions were immediately challenged by his widow Suha Arafat, who has argued...

  • Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in bid to reach deal

    November 22, 2013 | 6:18 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will join talks on Iran's contested nuclear program in Geneva on Saturday, as Tehran and six world powers appeared to be on the verge of an elusive breakthrough in the decade-old dispute.

    The French, British and German foreign ministers, Laurent...

  • Deeply unpopular at home, French president embraced on Israel trip

    November 18, 2013 | 1:05 pm

    For Francois Hollande, the most unpopular head of state in France in more than half a century, his first presidential visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority promised a respite from the daily pummeling over his country’s stunted economy and his perceived flimsiness as a...

  • ‘Aftermath’ exposes dark secrets in Poland

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    The Nazi occupation of most of Europe during World War II and the Holocaust tested the moral fiber not only of the individual citizen but also of entire nations.

    Today, 68 years after the guns fell silent in Europe and the Far East, historians and filmmakers not-yet-born in 1945...

  • Parler Français? Natalie Portman wants to become a French citizen

    September 10, 2013 | 5:32 pm

    Natalie Portman is dying to become a citizen of France–or at least that’s how everyone is deconstructing a comment she made in the French magazine Madame Figaro.

    “I don’t have the French nationality, but I would be love to get it. But I don’t know if it’s possible because I...

  • Quebec seeks to ban public workers from wearing religious symbols

    September 10, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    The Canadian province of Quebec will not allow public servants to wear Muslim headscarves, Jewish skullcaps or other obvious religious symbols under a new charter unveiled on Tuesday that is designed to cement a secular society.

    The pro-independence government of the...

  • France’s soaring anti-Semitism lures Jewish Defense League vigilantes out of shadows

    June 25, 2013 | 2:18 pm

    With scooter helmets in hand, a man called Yohan and six buddies stroll around Paris’ 20th arrondissement. The seven look much like a typical group of French students — until they locate a group of Arab men they suspect of perpetrating an anti-Semitic attack the previous day.

  • Suspected Merah accomplices arrested in Toulouse

    May 16, 2013 | 11:03 am

    Two men suspected of being accomplices of Islamist terrorist Mohammed Merah were arrested near Toulouse.

    Investigators believe the men, arrested Tuesday morning, are believed by investigators to have helped plan a series of deadly attacks in March 2012. One of the suspects was...

  • Amid rising Islamism in Africa, Israel-Senegal ties still flourishing

    May 7, 2013 | 4:29 pm

    Struggling to be heard over a flock of bleating sheep, Israel’s ambassador to Senegal invites a crowd of impoverished Muslims to help themselves to about 100 sacrificial animals that the embassy corralled at a dusty community center here.

    The October distribution, held as French...

  • Three men linked to Mohamed Merah arrested in France

    March 27, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    Three men believed to be linked to Mohamed Merah were arrested in southern France.

    Two of men were arrested Tuesday in Toulouse by a French police anti-terror unit, the French news service AFP reported.

    A third person was arrested on Wednesday morning in the nearby town of...

  • Report: 58% rise in anti-Semitic attacks in France in 2012

    February 19, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    France saw an increase of 58 percent in anti-Semitic incidents in 2012 compared to the previous year, according to a report by the French Jewish community.

    The report released on Tuesday by the SPCJ, the security unit of France’s Jewish communities, showed that 614 anti-Semitic...

  • French group that saved Jews from Nazis snubs Shoah memorial event

    February 12, 2013 | 6:41 am

    A French organization that saved Jews during the Holocaust has declined to attend a commemoration because it was organized by pro-Israel Jews.

    The Marseille branch of CIMADE, a French Protestant group established in 1939, declined to attend the region’s main memorial ceremony for...

  • Keep Lebanese terrorist in prison, U.S. lawmakers urge France

    January 28, 2013 | 2:28 pm

    A bipartisan congressional effort is aiming to keep the former head of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Brigade behind bars in France.

    Twenty members of Congress, led by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), signed a letter to France’s ambassador to the United States, Francois Delattre,...

  • Twitter must reveal details of users posting anti-Semitism, French court rules

    January 24, 2013 | 11:32 am

    Twitter must divulge details about French users who posted anti-Semitic messages, a French tribunal ruled.

    Thursday's order by a Grand Instance Court judge in Paris came in response to a lawsuit by the Union of French Jewish Students that sought to limit the impunity with which...

  • Eveline Leisner, 75

    January 23, 2013 | 4:49 pm

    Eveline Leisner, a longtime French educator, died on Jan. 5 after living with Alzheimer’s disease for 12 years. She was 75. 

    Born in Germany in 1937, she was hidden from the Nazis by a Belgian family, during which she learned French. She said she loved the language because it...

  • French teens arrested for chemical explosion near teacher who reported anti-Semitism

    December 14, 2012 | 9:28 am

    Two French teenagers were arrested on suspicion of setting off an explosion near a teacher after she reported receiving anti-Semitic threats at school.

    The teenagers, 16 and 19 years old, were arrested on Dec. 13 in Aix-en-Provence near Marseille in southern France for allegedly...

  • EU draft resolution slams Israeli settlements, carries no sanctions

    December 10, 2012 | 11:33 am

    A draft of a European Union resolution said the EU was "deeply dismayed" by Israeli plans for new construction in settlements but did not mention sanctions.

    The draft resolution, which was obtained by the French news agency AFP, said Israeli settlement construction “threaten...

  • Couple suspected of aiding Toulouse killer Merah taken into custody

    December 4, 2012 | 10:04 am

    A man and a woman in the Toulouse area were arrested on suspicion that they helped Mohammed Merah "commit crimes" that may have included the murder of four Jews.

    According to L'Express, a French daily, French authorities arrested the two on Tuesday morning. Reports in the French...

  • Two Jewish cemeteries, municipal building vandalized in France

    November 26, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    French police reportedly are investigating fresh acts of vandalism in two Jewish cemeteries and a municipal building.

    On Monday in Paris, police arrested two men suspected of digging up two corpses at the Pantin cemetery, according to a statement from the municipality. They were...

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