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Head of French Umbrella Group Complains to U of Pau Over Professor’s ‘Latest Racist Frenzy’ Against Jews

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University of Pau campus. Photo: University of Pau.

University of Pau campus. Photo: University of Pau.

The head of France’s Jewish umbrella organization complained to the University of Pau about one of its faculty members, who blogged that the Jews have been responsible for “many bloody events, such as the 1917 Russian Revolution,” the Times of Israel‘s French-language edition reported on Sunday.

In a letter to the school, Francis Khalifat — president of Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions, or CRIF) — claimed that physics professor François Roby’s conspiracy theory, expressed in a February 21 post, was merely the latest of his “racist frenzies” against the Jews.

In response, Pau administrators informed Khalifat that will “take this information into account” while investigating a separate complaint filed against Roby at the end of last year — over his posing for a photo while making the “quenelle” gesture, an inverted Nazi salute popularized by French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, who in 2015 was jailed for two months by Belgian authorities for performing antisemitic jokes in his act.

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