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  • France to compensate Holocaust orphans

    PARIS, Nov 14 (JTA) — The orphans of Jews deported from France to Nazi death camps will receive compensation from the French government, Prime Minister Lionel Jospin has announced. Addressing Jewish leaders over the weekend, Jospin said the orphans would receive either a lump sum or a monthly pension of about $500 under a program…

  • Who helped French Nazi collaborator?

    After 18 years of legal maneuvering, convicted Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon is finally behind bars. But questions persist about the preferential treatment the 89-year-old former Vichy official appeared to have enjoyed. Critics blame the French governme

  • Who helped French Nazi collaborator?

    PARIS, Oct. 27 (JTA) — After 18 years of legal maneuvering, convicted Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon is finally behind bars. But questions persist about the preferential treatment the 89-year-old former Vichy official appeared to have enjoyed. Swiss police seized Papon late last week in a hotel in the swanky ski resort of Gstaadt and whisked…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES French Jews fear restitution focus will prevent setting record straight

    PARIS, March 29 (JTA) — French Jewish leaders, unlike their American counterparts, are taking a low-key approach to the restitution issue. While multimillion dollar lawsuits against banks and insurance companies accused of profiting during World War II from looted Jewish assets have made international headlines, the Jewish leadership in France has focused its energy on…

  • Report: French banks dumped Jewish-owned stocks during war

    PARIS, Jan 22 (JTA) — French banks systematically sold stocks belonging to Jewish customers during World War II, according to documents recently obtained by a French daily newspaper. The 100 documents, obtained by the newspaper Liberation, reveal how the pro-Nazi Vichy regime ordered French banks to sell stocks belonging to Jews “without delay, nor market…

  • France expands efforts to find Nazi-looted assets

    PARIS, March 10 (JTA) — France has adopted new measures to track down millions of dollars worth of bank accounts and other financial assets looted from Jews during the Nazi occupation of the country. A “surveillance committee” will be created to oversee the work of banks and other financial institutions in exploring their archives for…

  • Collector’s heirs ask museum to return Nazi-looted painting

    PARIS, Feb. 2 (JTA) — The heirs of a prominent Jewish art collector are seeking to recover a Cubist masterpiece that was plundered by the Nazis and is now hanging in a major art museum in Paris. The 1914 painting by Georges Braque, “The Guitar Player,” was looted by the Nazis in 1940, along with…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Papon may benefit from extended war crimes trial

    PARIS, Feb. 3 (JTA) — The war crimes case against accused Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon appeared open and shut at the start of his trial. But what once seemed simple has become complex, making the verdict increasingly unpredictable with each day of proceedings. The 4-month-old trial has visibly exasperated the media — and some lawyers…

  • Jewish Agency head’s words incense French Jewish leader

    PARIS, Feb. 9 (JTA) — A war of words has erupted between the head of France’s Jewish community and the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. For the second time in two months, Avraham Burg, the chairman of the Jewish Agency, criticized the French Jewish leadership for being too soft on the issue of…

  • France tells lawmaker to resign

    PARIS, Feb. 9 (JTA) — France’s supreme legal body has ruled that a member of an extremist party was illegally elected to Parliament and must resign. The Constitutional Council said Jean-Marie Le Chevallier would have to step down, because of campaign spending irregularities, from the seat he won last June. The resignation of Chevallier, who…