France’s top rabbi alarmed by anti-Semitic attacks

 

After a summer heated by protests over the Israeli offensive in Gaza and the growing clout of militant Islam, France’s chief rabbi is raising the alarm over rising anti-Semitism in the country – and the public silence that is greeting it.
 
“What has stuck us is the sense of indifference on the part of society,” Grand Rabbi Haim Korsia told AAPA members on Sept. 16 in wide-ranging remarks which also touched on Jewish education in France, controversy over religious divorce and women’s rights within the Jewish faith.
 
Two decades ago, more than a million …

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Culture

[26 Sep 2014 | par AAPA France | ]
AAPA Pays Tribute to John Morris

 
 
It was a memorable evening when some 80 friends, colleagues, AAPA members and their guests paid tribute to the Association’s 97-year-old doyen member, John G. Morris, at a reception on Sept. 11.
Held in the stylish salons of the Hotel Scribe, near the Opera Garnier, it was an occasion for John to relive his time spent there as a correspondent in the summer of 1944.
 
The hotel was the nerve center for the international press corps following the liberation of Paris. John was the London-based picture editor for Life magazine at that …

Society

[15 Jun 2014 | par AAPA France | ]
AAPA Outlook Is Bright as Sun Shines on the Gala

The 2014 edition of the Anglo-American Press Association’s annual Gala on June 12 was sunny, in every respect: the weather was perfect, the attendance was high (93) and the mood was bright and cheery. Coming just days after the successful commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings — which involved both the US and UK embassies, as well as many AAPA members — everyone seemed ready to party.
This year’s event was hosted by the US Embassy, in the Ambassador’s Residence.
In the absence of an Ambassador (Jane D. Hartley …

Business

[11 Jun 2014 | par AAPA France | ]
Telecoms, Publishing on the Menu as Free CEO Meets AAPA

French entrepreneur and telecoms gadfly Xavier Niel had a lot to say about the France’s telecommunications and publishing sectors when he met with 17 AAPA members on June 2.
 
The off-the-record event was hosted by Mr. Niel at the Parisian headquarters of Iliad, the parent company of Free, a mobile phone company and internet provider that has challenged the hold of major French telecoms groups since it was founded in 1999.
 
Mr. Niel spent some time addressing the issues facing Le Monde, in which he has a one-third shareholding, and other media ventures …

Politics

[11 Jun 2014 | par AAPA France | ]
Government Spokesman Discusses Europe, National Front’s Rise

Europe inevitably dominated the off-the-record discussion when AAPA members met government spokesman and agriculture minister Stéphane Le Foll days after the stinging defeat of ruling Socialists in May 25 European Parliament elections.
 
Le Foll and his advisers did not try to minimize the significance of the National Front’s first victory in a nationwide French poll. However Le Foll, a longstanding ally and confidant of Francois Hollande, expressed confidence in the president’s ability to bounce back from his record low popularity ratings.
  
About 15 members of AAPA also probed Le Foll on subjects …

Economics

[3 Apr 2014 | par AAPA France | ]
Pascal Lamy Doubts Trade Sanctions Against Russia’s Putin Will Change Much

As the US and the EU consider tougher, coordinated  economic sanctions against President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and possible, similar plans for  other Russian-speaking regions, Pascal Lamy, who stepped down as head of the World Trade Organization last autumn, told members March 24 that sanctions have not worked in most previous cases and doubts they will work now.
 
“Sanctions did work against South Africa’s apartheid policies and Iran’s military nuclear program, but they rarely work,” Lamy said at the headquarters of the Notre Europe think tank he helped establish. He …