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“France is the most anti-Semitic country in Europe,” an American acquaintance recently informed me over dinner. “You wouldn’t believe how bad it’s gotten there. Everyone is buying apartments in Israel!”

The cover of last week’s Le Monde books supplement features a review of a new Israeli novel in translation. A photograph of two young IDF conscripts is placed on the left, making out on Tel Aviv’s waterfront.

Inside, there’s a review of a new edition of the correspondence of Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem. See the reference, above the photograph.