France

Saturday university exams in French universities discriminate against Jewish students

Hundreds of France’s Jewish students are finding themselves in an impossible situation. In a country where tests are frequently scheduled for Saturdays and administrators are wary of making accommodations for religion, students are often forced to either violate their commitment to Shabbat observance or fail exams. This challenge is not new, but Sacha Ghozlan, president of the Union des Etudiants Juifs de France (Union of Jewish Students...

Simone Veil, French feminist, politician, Holocaust survivor, dies at 89

Simone Veil, a well-respected French politician and Holocaust survivor, has died. Veil, a former minister of health who in 2012 was awarded France’s highest honour, passed away this week at her home in Paris, her family told the media in France on Friday. The scholar, former judge and feminist activist was 89. A lawyer by education, Veil served as...

French couple posthumously honoured by Yad Vashem for saving Jews in WWII

A couple from the Brittany region of north-western France were posthumously awarded the title of Righteous of the Nations in a ceremony on Sunday. The honour was given to Marie and Guillaume Le Quéré at a ceremony held in Trémel on Sunday. Their granddaughter, Marie-Émilie Charlot, recived the medal on their behalf. From October 1943 to August 1944, Guillaume...

French Jewish leaders slam silence over antisemitic murder of Parisian woman

The CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities has escalated its criticism of authorities’ handling of the slaying of a Jewish woman by her Muslim neighbour, calling it a cover-up. CRIF, France’s EJC national affiliate, made the accusation in a short and poignant statement on Wednesday containing four loaded questions concerning the April 4 killing of Sarah Halimi...

CRIF president seeks to maintain pressure over Halimi murder

The president of the CRIF umbrella organisation of French Jews Francis Kalifat said he was not prepared to let go in fighting for justice in the suspected antisemitic murder of Sarah Halimi. In an article in Le Figaro on Monday, Kalifat placed the brutal murder of Halimi, who was tortured and thrown out of a window in Paris...

Large fall in antisemitic incidents in France in 2016

The annual report by the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights published on Thursday on its website counted 335 antisemitic incidents in 2016 compared to 808 the previous year — the sharpest drop on record since 2001, when the SPCJ security group of the Jewish community documented a 71 per cent decrease to 219 cases. Data by...