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September 17, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
One of France's leading "revisionist" historians, who claims the Holocaust never took place, was severely beaten Saturday by three youths said to belong to a group called "The Sons of the Memory of the Jews," officials said. Robert Faurisson, 60, was ambushed by the youths while walking his dog in a park in Vichy. The trio repeatedly kicked and punched Faurisson, breaking his jaw, then ran off, a police report said.
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July 17, 2010 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
As Jeremie Fazel stood to pay his respects at his adored grandfather's grave, something felt profoundly wrong. "The name on the headstone was Benjamin Fazel. It was my grandfather's name but not the one he was born with. For me, it was very symbolic because I felt like it wasn't him," the 32-year-old Parisian said recently. "It was then I decided I had to change my name." You can call Fazel many things: He is French, the grandson and son of Jewish emigres from Poland, a documentary maker and a film editor.
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June 2, 1987 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
The Klaus Barbie trial, now in its fourth week, has turned its attention to the killing of the 44 Jewish children of Izieu, a case that reveals a good deal about the kind of impact the trial is having on France. Barbie, who was the Nazi Gestapo chief in Lyon when the killings occurred, is charged with ordering the roundup of the children from a home in the village of Izieu on April 6, 1944, and deporting them to Auschwitz in Poland, where all were killed in gas chambers.
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October 20, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the cold drizzle of a dreary morning, Michel Mimouni looked on the charred ruins of the first synagogue so severely damaged in France since the Nazi occupation and struggled sadly to understand. "It's always against the Jews that such things happen," said Mimouni, 62, president of the Jewish congregation of 30 families in this gritty working-class suburb southwest of Paris. "I try to figure out why, but I can't."
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July 17, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
President Jacques Chirac acknowledged Sunday what a generation of political leaders did not--that the French state was an accomplice to the deportation of tens of thousands of Jews during World War II. At a ceremony to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the roundup of at least 13,000 Jews at a Paris stadium--the biggest during the war years--Chirac said that French complicity with the Nazis was a stain on the nation.
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June 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police arrested four youths in what they said was a major breakthrough in a monthlong investigation into the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in the southern French town of Carpentras. The four are from well-off families and apparently belong to a band that regularly met at the cemetery to get drunk, police said. On May 10, 34 tombstones were vandalized in an incident that shocked France.
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June 20, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nazi Hunter Asks U.S. to Ban L'Oreal Executive: Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld says he has asked U.S. officials to bar Jacques Correze, the head of French cosmetics giant l'Oreal's U.S. subsidiary from the United States for helping the Gestapo during World War II. In Washington, a Justice Department spokeswoman said it had received the request and would investigate the allegations. Correze has denied taking part in any operations against French Jews.
NEWS
October 19, 1988
A former French Cabinet minister has been indicted for "crimes against humanity" for his alleged role in the deportation of Jews from southwest France during World War II, veteran Nazi-hunter Serge Klarsfeld said. Maurice Papon, former budget minister under President Valery Giscard D'Estaing and Paris' longest-serving postwar police chief, was secretly indicted three months ago, but the charges were only revealed this week.
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October 15, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
Far-right French politician Claude Autant-Lara, who outraged France and the European Parliament with anti-Semitic comments, must stand trial for his remarks, court sources in Grasse, France, said. The case was brought last month after the 88-year-old former film director was quoted as denying the World War II Holocaust and regretting that the Nazi genocide had "missed" Simone Veil, a Jew and former president of the Strasbourg-based Parliament.
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April 18, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An official French commission Monday put a price tag on the ruthless and highly organized campaign of looting and expropriation that French and foreign-born Jews fell victim to in France during World War II--the contemporary equivalent of more than $1.2 billion. "Two things struck us in particular. One was the scale of the despoilment, which was much greater than we originally thought," said commission member Claire Andrieu, a Paris-based historian.
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January 31, 1997 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the past week, after decades of official silence, half-truths and cover-ups, France has come closer to scrutinizing its role during World War II and its share of responsibility in the Holocaust and the pillaging of Jewish property.
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October 31, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
A French probe into the seizure of apartments from Jews sent to Nazi death camps in World War II should include the taking of the victims' money, jewels and other assets, Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld said. The Paris City Council halted a sale of apartments Monday after allegations that some of the city-owned dwellings, mainly in the medieval Marais area where many Jews live, may have been seized from Jews during the war.
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September 8, 1995 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A car bomb exploded outside a Jewish school in a Lyon suburb Thursday, minutes before 700 children ended classes for the day. Fourteen people were injured in the blast, the sixth bombing or attempted bombing in France in less than two months. It was the first car bomb in France since 1982, apparently timed to explode at the closing bell, but officials said the school clock was running two minutes slow and the students were still inside the building.
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July 17, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
President Jacques Chirac acknowledged Sunday what a generation of political leaders did not--that the French state was an accomplice to the deportation of tens of thousands of Jews during World War II. At a ceremony to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the roundup of at least 13,000 Jews at a Paris stadium--the biggest during the war years--Chirac said that French complicity with the Nazis was a stain on the nation.
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July 17, 1993 | Reuters
France officially commemorated the roundup and deportation of tens of thousands of Jews by the collaborationist Vichy regime for the first time Friday, but the ceremony failed to satisfy some Jewish activists. Prime Minister Edouard Balladur paid a moving tribute to the Jews' suffering and pledged to fight racism and anti-Semitism. But he made only passing reference to "the horrible complicity of the (French) regime installed under the occupation."
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June 20, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nazi Hunter Asks U.S. to Ban L'Oreal Executive: Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld says he has asked U.S. officials to bar Jacques Correze, the head of French cosmetics giant l'Oreal's U.S. subsidiary from the United States for helping the Gestapo during World War II. In Washington, a Justice Department spokeswoman said it had received the request and would investigate the allegations. Correze has denied taking part in any operations against French Jews.
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October 15, 1990 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The people of this hardscrabble hill town in the French Massif Central Range never thought of themselves as heroes. They didn't think twice when several thousand terrified Jews came here seeking shelter during World War II and Nazi Germany's occupation of France. The townspeople were mostly Protestant Christians whose ancestors suffered centuries of persecution in Roman Catholic France. When the Jews asked for refuge, Chambon-sur-Lignon gave it.
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