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‘Their message is urgent’: the Holocaust survivor and his 7,000 pieces of antisemitic propaganda

When Arthur Langerman was two, his parents were sent to Auschwitz. As his collection of antisemitic works opens in Normandy, he explains his obsession.

The drawing is detailed, dramatic and disgusting. Called The Jew, Universal Enemy, it shows Christ on the cross and churches in flames, overseen by a sinister, red-lipped, voracious face. Philipp Rupprecht, better known as Fips, composed this caricature for the notorious Nazi newspaper Der Stürmer in 1937. He also illustrated a 1938 children’s book Der Giftpilz (The Poisonous Mushroom), intended to educate young Germans about the Jewish menace.

Rupprecht was sentenced to 10 years hard labour after the war. His work is among 150 pieces of antisemitic propaganda – posters, drawings and objects – on show at the Caen-Normandy Memorial Museum, in an exhibition called Heinous Cartoons 1886-1945: The Antisemitic Corrosion in Europe. They depict sinister, red-faced, obese capitalists smoking cigars on the backs of oppressed workers. They show grotesque communists clamping chains on a suffering Aryan. They portray Jews as rats and vermin. As the dates in the title suggest, the exhibition chronicles how anti-semitism grew at the end of the 19th century and reached a horrible culmination in the Holocaust.

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Orly airport: Man killed after seizing soldier’s gun

A man has been shot dead after trying to seize a soldier’s weapon at Paris’s Orly airport, French officials say.

The 39-year-old was killed by the security forces after attacking a patrol in the airport’s south terminal.

The airport has now partially reopened after what the authorities described as an extremely serious incident.

The man was involved in a shooting north of Paris earlier on Saturday. He had been reported as radicalised in the past, and was a police watch-list.

He had a long criminal record including convictions for armed robbery, French media report.

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Vintage Margiela is coming to a porn cinema in Paris

Your chance to buy some of the legendary designer’s most cult pieces

Food porn is a thing, so why not fashion porn? At least, that’s the thinking behind Byronesque founder Gill Linton’s decision to stage a new vintage pop-up in Paris’s last remaining adult cinema this weekend. Yes, you read that right – from 12-9pm on the 4th and 5th March, you can experience (and buy!) for yourself the very best of fashion porn: archive Margiela pieces.

With perhaps the most iconic of these, the Tabi, and its cleft toe appearing on a poster inspired by 70s softcore porn film Emmanuelle, Byronesque is definitely bringing a whole new dimension to lusting after clothes.

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Malta raises alarm on Russia in Libya

A Russia-backed Libyan warlord could start a “civil war” in Libya, increasing refugee flows to the EU, Malta has warned.

The danger comes as the Libyan commander, Khalifa Haftar, advances on Tripoli, the seat of the UN-recognised government, Malta’s foreign minister, George Vella, told press in Valletta on Friday (12 January).

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Map of The Most Popular Countries in the World

It might come as a surprise to some that France is the world’s biggest tourist destination in the world! Receiving nearly 20 Million more visitors annually than the runner up, USA. Doubly impressive when you consider that the US is over fifteen times the size of France.

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French village bans clowns for Halloween after country plagued by terrifying pranks

'Evil clowns' in Béziers, France. (Facebook)'Evil clowns' in Béziers, France. (Facebook)'Evil clowns' in Béziers, France. (Facebook)Facing panic, French town bans 'evil' clowns

The eerie trend of fake, evil clowns terrifying passers-by has hit several parts of France over recent weeks in what many see as a follow-on from hugely popular YouTube prank videos.'Evil clowns' in Béziers, France. (Facebook) Il est donc interdit de circuler déguisé en clown dans Vendargues, stipule un arrêté municipal. Police have jailed or arrested more than a dozen teenagers after they dressed up as the pranksters and wrought havoc on the streets, at times armed with pistols, knives or baseball bats, sometimes beating people up. The phenomenon in France has even prompted anti-clown vigilantism, forcing police to step in to try and quell growing hysteria.

According to an order published on the village hall website (see below), “individuals or groups of people aged 13 or more” are banned from dressing up as clowns on streets and in public spaces on October 31st and November 1st.

After that, any teenager wanting to dress up as the funny men so dear to children will have to ask for official authorization. The phenomenon of terror-inducing clowns appeared earlier this month in the north of France.

According to police, people increasingly reported spotting clowns “outside schools, but also on public roads, in bushes, in a square.”

Last week, a 19-year-old got a six-month suspended jail term for threatening passers-by while dressed as a clown in the town of Bethune. Arrêté anti-clowns à Vendargues: "Il y a des nez rouges ici, c'est une commune viticole" And the phenomenon has spread across the country. Police at the weekend arrested 14 teenagers dressed as clowns and carrying weapons in the Mediterranean port town of Agde. Not far away in Montpellier — which is very near Vendargues — a fake clown chased a man down a street and beat him with an iron bar, prompting a court to jail him for four months.

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