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January 07, 2003

France strikes again

The country that has been the world's whore since the post-Napoleon Bonaparte era struck again this week when they decided not to recognize marriages conducted by Rabbis living in Judea and Samaria. No matter where the wedding is or was actually conducted, if the Rabbi is a resident of Judea and Samaria, the French reject the marriage.

In one recent case, Martine D., a Frenchwoman who converted to Judaism and married an Israeli in a ceremony in Jerusalem, approached the French Consulate to apply for a livret de famille, an official document which records the status and details of one's family members.

Martine's request was turned down, she was told, because the rabbi who performed the ceremony lives in Gush Etzion.

I've been to Gush Etzion, and it is a beautiful settlement surrounded by Arab villages who fire on them all the time. Apparently, according to the French, being targeted for murder disqualifies you from performing wedding ceremonies.

"The woman at the consulate told me that even though I was married in Jerusalem, the French government does not recognize it because the marriage certificate bears the signature and heading of a rabbi from Gush Etzion, which she said is occupied territory," Martine said.
First, it's liberated, not occupied. And second, I wonder whether France recognizes weddings performed by Syrians, who occupy Lebanon.

"They told me I must apply to the Ministry of the Interior in France to seek a special exemption. This is ridiculous. Why should it matter where the rabbi who oversaw the ceremony lives?"

A spokeswoman for the French Consulate confirmed that its policy is not to recognize marriage certificates issued by the Chief Rabbinate's local branches in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip.
They're also not too keen on Jewish weddings anywhere in the world. Which is why during World War II, the French started shipping Jews to the gas chambers before the Germans even asked.

"This is our policy and it is not new. France does not recognize such marriage certificates, because it is the location of the rabbinate issuing the certificate that matters."

Asked about the policy, Jerusalem Consul Jacques Yves Raimbault would say only that the woman in question should make an appointment to see him, and that he would review her file.
Something tells me that he won't recognize her marriage. Of course, recognition of marriage from France is in and of itself a ridiculous idea. The French are perhaps the most immoral people on earth. In any case, this should remind Jews to stay as far away from France as humanly possible.