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Published on 8 September 2017

#SarahHalimi - Why France Turned a Blind Eye to the Murder of Sarah Halimi

Almost five months ago, on April 4, a 65-year-old Orthodox Jewish woman called Lucette Attal-Halimi and known by her Hebrew name, Sarah Halimi was attacked in the middle of the night at her home on Vaucouleurs Street, in Paris’ 11th arrondissement, tortured to death and finally thrown out of a third-floor window.

Meeting of Run J for Sarah Halimi 

Sunday 17th September 2017, from 5 pm to 8 pm




Published on the 5th of September 2017 in The Jewish Press

This horrific crime is now turning into a serious judicial and even political issue in France — so much so that President Emmanuel Macron insisted in a public speech on July 16, on the 75th anniversary of the Nazi-ordered round-up of thousands of Parisian Jews, that “the judiciary must shed full light” on the case.

Which was a bold move, since the judges are supposed under French law to be independent from the executive. According to Jean-Alex Buchinger, the lawyer representing Sarah Halimi’s children, “such a statement is indicative, at the very least, of a very troubled situation”.


In order to understand what is at stake, one must go back to the events of April 4.

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