Entries by Guillaume Durocher

The Culture of Critique in France: A review of Anne Kling’s books on Jewish influence, Part 5

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 “The Right to Difference”: Balkanizing France Just as Jews in the U.S. have a leading role — in Hollywood and pop culture generally — in defining what is “American,” so have French Jews pushed to redefine Frenchness away from an ethnic or even an assimilationist definition, towards […]

The Culture of Critique in France: A review of Anne Kling’s books on Jewish influence, Part 4

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 “At the Heart of Debates” on Censorship The CRIF and the LICRA have assumed a leading role in undermining free speech in France. As then-CRIF President Richard Prasquier said in February 2010: The Jews are at the heart of debates where limits on free expression are asked … . […]

The Culture of Critique in France: A review of Anne Kling’s books on Jewish influence, Part 3

Part 1 Part 2 Communists and Collaborators: The Dark Origins of Franco-Jewish Ethnic Lobbies The LICRA and the CRIF, and their ancestor organizations, have been influencing French political life since before the Second World War. The LICRA, originally called the League Against Pogroms, was founded in 1927 by the Communist Jew Bernard Lecache, an early […]

The Culture of Critique in France: A review of Anne Kling’s books on Jewish influence, Part 2

Part 1. What are the LICRA and the CRIF? The CRIF is an explicit Jewish ethnic lobby made up of organizations officially representing 100,000 Jews (one in six French Jews or 0.1% of the French population). Esther Benbass, a Franco-Turko-Israeli historian and member of the pro-Palestinian Greens, has said of the CRIF: What is the […]