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  • Mideast violence helps French Jews find their voice

    PARIS, July 30 (JTA) — For French Jews, the past 10 months of Israeli-Palestinian violence have had one positive side effect: The French Jewish community has found its voice. Within the last month, the community assembled more than 7,000 people to protest the visit of Syrian President Bashar Assad to Paris, and later held a…

  • French Jews enraged by coddling of Hezbollah

    PARIS, April 30 (JTA) – A series of sharp verbal exchanges between French and Israeli diplomats has prompted Jewish leaders here to criticize the French government. The most recent cause for alarm in bilateral relations that seem to be deteriorating quickly came during French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine’s weekend visit to Lebanon and Syria, where…

  • Paris Jews worry about image after scandal

    PARIS, March 5 (JTA) – A major scandal has hit the heart of Paris’ heavily Jewish clothing district. The affair’s ingredients include a pyramid scheme, $80 million, 12 of the 124 accused fleeing to Israel, charges of anti-Semitism and one of France’s most popular films. The defendants, a majority of whom are Jews from Morocco…

  • Paris Jews worry about image after scandal

    PARIS, March 5 (JTA) – A major scandal has hit the heart of Paris’ heavily Jewish clothing district. The affair’s ingredients include a pyramid scheme, $80 million, 12 of the 124 accused fleeing to Israel, charges of anti-Semitism and one of France’s most popular films. The defendants, a majority of whom are Jews from Morocco…

  • Jewish students’ Web home makes Europe smaller

    PARIS, Nov. 22 (JTA) — Inviting students from 32 European countries to take a “daily online kosher coffee break” for Jewish identity and unity, a sleek new Web site hopes the continent’s Jewish youth movements will come out of their shells. The site, the brainchild of the European Union of Jewish Students, has all the…

  • French judge tells Yahoo! to block Nazi auctions

    PARIS, Nov. 21 (JTA) – France has struck a blow against the claims that the Internet has no frontiers. A Paris judge reaffirmed an earlier ruling that the U.S. Internet portal Yahoo! must prevent access in France to auctions in which Nazi memorabilia are available for purchase. The ruling, while expected, strengthens the growing movement…

  • Violence has French Jews tense

    PARIS, Oct. 17 (JTA) – The presence of French riot police has dampened spirits somewhat in the Marais, the usually lively Jewish neighborhood here in the French capital. On a recent day, local Jews could be seen going about their business in the cluttered district of felafel stands, butchers, bakers and bookstores. The smells of…

  • Violence has French Jews tense

    PARIS, Oct. 17 (JTA) – The presence of French riot police has dampened spirits somewhat in the Marais, the usually lively Jewish neighborhood here in the French capital. On a recent day, local Jews could be seen going about their business in the cluttered district of felafel stands, butchers, bakers and bookstores. The smells of…

  • Chirac annoys Israel, French Jews

    PARIS, Oct. 10 (JTA) – Ever eager to increase its role in the Middle East peace process, France’s recent step into the fray has aggravated Israel and its own Jewish community. Israel accused French President Jacques Chirac of single-handedly fouling up a provisional agreement to end the bloodshed reached during the brief summit last week…

  • Chirac annoys Israel, French Jews

    PARIS, Oct. 10 (JTA) – Ever eager to increase its role in the Middle East peace process, France’s recent step into the fray has aggravated Israel and its own Jewish community. Israel accused French President Jacques Chirac of single-handedly fouling up a provisional agreement to end the bloodshed reached during the brief summit last week…