Several rallies denouncing anti-Semitism in France were held on Tuesday evening in Paris, in reaction to a recent spate of anti-Semitic acts across the country, the latest of which was the desecration overnight Monday of tombstones in a Jewish cemetery near the eastern city of Strasbourg. Meanwhile, official figures show a 74 percent year-on year rise in anti-Semitic acts recorded by police in France in 2018. Mediapart asked Nonna Mayer, a specialist in anti-Semitism and emeritus research director with France’s national scientific research centre, the CNRS, for her insight into the growth of anti-Semitic acts recorded in the country, her analysis of the different motives behind the anti-Semitism, and her views on how best to respond to the problem.
The trial has opened in Aix-en-Provence of nine people, including two former French military pilots, a customs officer and a celebrity bodyguard, accused of running a trans-Atlantic cocaine smuggling scam between the Dominican Republic and France using a Dassault executive jet, in a case marked by intrigue and derring-do escapes.
Migrants from Africa and the Middle East, desperate to reach a better life, continue to attempt to cross to France from Italy, where they are increasingly evicted from refugee centres by the country's coalition government of populists and far-right, using the deadly route of Alpine passes for which they are ill-equipped to traverse.
The French ambassador to Rome, recalled last week in protest at what Paris described as 'unfounded attacks and outlandish claims' by Italy's populist coalition government, as well as a recent unannounced visit to France by deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio to meet with anti-government 'yellow vest' prostestors, returned to the Italian capital on Friday.
France's continued propping up of Chadian President Idriss Déby, a repressive autocrat, in whose country French troops are based for their counter-jihadist mission in the Sahel, appears to some like a return to the didgy old practices of the Françafrique system, opines The Economist.
French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a French parliament foreign affairs committee that, as long as Tehran respects the 2015 deal restricting its nuclear technology programme from military use, Paris will agree to resuming an exchange of ambassadors after a diplomatic freeze caused last year over an alleged Iranian plan to attack opponents of the ruling regime in France.
A recent series of anti-Semitic acts and attacks have raised fears of a new wave of anti-Jewish violence in France, home to Europe’s biggest Jewish population, where reported incidents rose year-on-year in 2018 by 74 percent.
Paris defends recall of envoy to Rome after 'unfounded attacks' by Italian leaders as Italy criticizes ‘ultra-liberal’ French policies.
Move came after Italian deputy PM met French 'yellow vest' protesters near Paris and France warned him not to interfere in the country's politics.
The 11-hour mission, which included refueling, tested all phases of an attack mission involving a French Rafale warplane.
French officials say 795kg of suspect beef from a scandal-hit Polish slaughterhouse has been imported into the country.
The accomplices knocked a female guard to the ground and shot at the van in the town of Tarascon.
Populists in Italy have accused France of continuing to colonise many African states.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has warned French President Emmanuel Macron that his government is mulling legislation to restrict imports from France, whose bilateral trade with Malaysia totalled almost 4 billion euros in 2017, if Paris goes ahead with a proposed ban on the use of palm oil in bio fuels.
Already high tensions between Paris and Rome have further escalated after Italian deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio, leader of the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement, said the EU should 'sanction France and all countries like France that impoverish Africa and make these people leave, because Africans should be in Africa'.