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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?

    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…

  • 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

  • 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…

  • 10-year sentence for Papon evokes relief and bitterness

    BORDEAUX, France, April 2 (JTA) — For many Jewish leaders in France and elsewhere, the punishment did not fit the crime. After 19 hours of deliberation, a jury in this southwestern French city convicted Maurice Papon of complicity in crimes against humanity and sentenced the former Vichy official to 10 years in prison. The mixed…

  • Prosecution lawyer: Papon should get less than life in jail

    PARIS, Feb. 10 (JTA) — A prosecution lawyer in the war crimes trial of Maurice Papon said the former French minister should get less than life imprisonment if convicted. Arno Klarsfeld said that Papon was following orders when he ordered the deportation of more than 1,500 Jews from southern France during the Nazi occupation and…

  • Israeli designer rises in Paris fashion world

    PARIS, June 21 (JTA) — An Israeli fashion designer, whose creations first hit the Paris catwalk last year, has just snagged one of the most-desired jobs in the industry — producing Yves Saint Laurent’s ready-to-wear clothes. Alber Elbaz, 37, who cut his teeth as U.S. designer Geoffrey Beene’s right hand for seven years, will unveil…

  • Rifts among prosecutors surface in war crimes trial

    PARIS, Feb. 16 (JTA) — As far as the lawyers for the civil plaintiffs in the war crimes trial of Maurice Papon are concerned, there is a loose cannon among them. Already fearing that the slow pace of the trial may work against them, the lawyers for the prosecution were infuriated when colleague Arno Klarsfeld…

  • French court fines writer for minimizing Holocaust

    PARIS, March 1 (JTA) — A French court has slapped a $21,000 fine on a French scholar for minimizing the Holocaust, but stopped short of giving him a prison sentence. Roger Garaudy, 84, a former Marxist philosopher and politician who converted to Islam, denied the existence of Nazi gas chambers and dismissed claims that 6…

  • 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…