French anti-Semitism ‘first sign of a national crisis’, Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur tells AAPA

Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur of the Mouvement Libéral Juif de France told AAPA members of her own path to the rabbinate (she was ordained in New York because no French institution will ordain women rabbis), and discussed her new book, Réflexions sur la question antisémite, which examines anti-Semitism from the Bible to the present day.
She emphasized that in France today the problem is coming from many different directions—from the far right, from the banlieues, from elements of the Gilets Jaunes—and said France needed to recognize it.
“Anti-Semitism isn’t my problem, it’s yours,” …

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Politics

[26 Jan 2019 | par AAPA France | ]

Europe is facing a new “Isis 2.0” wave of terrorism from radicalised individuals returning from conflict zones in the Middle East to their home countries and jailed jihadists who will be completing relatively short prison terms in the next few years, Interpol’s Secretary General Jürgen Stock told the AAPA.
Speaking to some 30 members on Dec. 19, Mr. Stock remarked that prisons act as incubators for radical ideology. Despite claims that Isis has been defeated in combat, he said, it still poses a serious threat as an underground organisation.
He said Interpol …

Politics

[26 Jan 2019 | par AAPA France | ]

 
Three of  Emmanuel Macron’s foreign policy advisors – Philippe Étienne, Aurélien Lechevallier, and Clément Beaune – met with members of the Anglo-American Press Association in an off-the-record event at the Elysée during which they spoke at length of the president’s objectives for France on the European and world stage.

Society

[2 Jan 2019 | par AAPA France | ]

Former NATO chief Anders Rasmussen and ex-U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff sounded the alarm over meddling in elections by Russia and other nations during a meeting with the AAPA on November 12.
“Russia has declared war against our democratic system,” Rasmussen, a former Danish prime minister said. “Putin wrongly sees our values as a threat.”
Rasmussen and Chertoff have teamed up with former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and former Mexican President Felipe Calderon to create an international commission that aims to raise awareness of cyber-interference in democracies and to explore …

Business

[10 Nov 2018 | par AAPA France | ]

The two leading executives of JCDecaux, the global out-of-home (OOH) advertising company, held an on-the-record briefing at their Paris Headquarters for the Anglo-American Press Association of Paris.
The executives are sons of the founder: Jean-Francois Decaux, aged 59, is the Co-CEO and Jean-Charles Decaux, aged 49, is the President of the Board, and the Co- General Director,
Some topics covered:
On the mission of the company:

“Our content provides a better way of living for citizens in cities by giving them services for free to them [like bus shelters, public bathrooms, and other ‘street …

Economics

[18 Oct 2018 | par AAPA France | ]

 
On October 15, the AAPA met Columbia University Professor Bruce Greenwald, a leading authority on global economics and “value investing” — the art, or science, of picking stocks, as Warren Buffett amazingly seems to do, that have been forgotten or sidelined but are potential winners.
In our 90-minute breakfast meeting at Falstaff Café, Prof. Greenwald touched on a wide range of big economic issues, including globalisation, export-driven economic models and varying rates of productivity, but also spoke of the urgent need to address demography and how it deeply affects climate change.   If these problems go unaddressed, mass-migration flows like those we saw …