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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2020

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Patrick Klugman

Lawyer

As antisemitism rises to alarming levels in France year-on-year, lawyer Patrick Klugman continues to be an important advocate for the Jewish community’s wellbeing in both his country’s courts and in its media. A former leader of the UEJF, France’s Jewish student union, Klugman has earned his no-nonsense reputation when it comes to racism and antisemitism, countering Jew-hatred among Islamists and the French far-right. In 2020, Klugman was one of the more vocal French critics of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose regime depicts the French republic as “anti-Islamic.” In the courts, meanwhile, Klugman has been representing several of the victims of the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket terrorist attack of Jan. 2015, highlighting the antisemitic nature of the atrocity in which four Jews were murdered by Islamist killer Amedy Coulibaly. (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons License)

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