Published: 22 Oct 2012 12:49 GMT+02:00 | Print version
Updated: 22 Oct 2012 12:49 GMT+02:00
France's Union of Jewish Students (UEJF), which last week forced Twitter to remove anti-Semitic posts under threat of legal action, said on Monday it wanted the micro-blogging site to take off a new volley of hate messages.
The UEJF on Friday said that Twitter had agreed to take down many offending tweets that have recently flooded the site.
They bore the hashtag #unbonjuif (#AGoodJew), frequently followed by comments such as: "#AGoodJew is a dead Jew".
But UEJF lawyer Stephane Lilti told AFP Monday that 50 new messages were sighted over the weekend using a new keyword #unjuifmort (A Dead Jew).
"We are giving a few days for these tweets that we have drawn attention to to be taken off," Lilli said.
France's SPCJ Jewish security watchdog said two weeks ago that anti-Semitic acts surged by 45 percent since the start of the year and were given fresh impetus by attacks by Islamic extremist Mohamed Merah.
Merah went on a shooting rampage in March in and around the southern city of Toulouse, killing a rabbi, three Jewish children and three French paratroopers -- two of them Muslim -- before being shot dead in a police siege.
France angrily hit back on Monday at accusations that its bid to protect Europe's film and television industries from Hollywood dominance was "reactionary". READ () »
Much of south west France and parts of Normandy in the north of the country remained on storm alert on Monday with hailstorms and heavy rain expected to batter the region until Tuesday night. READ () »
Plans to open a café in Paris, where stressed or lonely clients can stroke a cat while sipping a coffee, have angered some animal rights groups in France. One activist said he didn’t want the animals reduced to “teddy bears.” READ () »
Bars and cafes in France have long been accused of flouting the smoking ban by allowing smokers to light up on terraces that were almost entirely covered. However a court in France has ruled that the habit must be stubbed out. READ () »
A French court officially ordered the liquidation of entertainment retailer Virgin on Monday. The company has 26 stores in the country, employs 960 staff and has been in receivership since January. READ () »
Beijing has demanded that France take adequate measures to protect its citizens in the aftermath of a racist attack which saw six Chinese students beaten up in Bordeaux. A French minister said the violence had harmed France's image abroad. READ () »
The president of the European Commission slammed France on Monday for its “reactionary” stance towards globalization. José Manuel Barroso’s comments follow marathon trade talks between EU member states over a potential EU-US free trade deal. READ () »
A woman was found dead, lodged in the shutter of a charity clothes bank in south-eastern France on Sunday. The woman is believed to have suffocated after getting trapped when she put her head through the container's metal deposit door. READ () »
The world's biggest air show takes to the skies on Monday, with a battle between Boeing and Airbus for orders in the lucrative market for wide-body planes set to dominate the Paris event. READ () »
A parliamentary by-election has left the French government humiliated after the ruling Socialist party was eliminated in the first round. The run-off ballot will be fought out between the opposition UMP party and the far-right National Front. READ () »