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Franco-israeli Businessman Jean Frydman Dies, Aged 95

former resistance fighter and Franco-Israeli businessman Jean Frydman died in Israel at the age of 95. He died on the night of Saturday to Sunday March 14 at his home in Savyon, Israel, Michael Bar Zohar, writer and former Labor MP, told Agence France-Presse. “He was a very dear friend… He had an incredible place in the history of France and in that of Israel… He had a deep connection with Israel and was a great Israeli patriot, because he had dual nationality”, he added. A spokeswoman for the family in France confirmed the death and pointed out that Jean Frydman had lived in Israel for 40 years.

Jean Frydman was notably known for being one of the organizers of the Tel Aviv Peace Demonstration after which Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995. The businessman was also one protagonists of a case which had caused a stir at the turn of the 1990s, and which opposed it to the cosmetics giant L’Oréal.

Ousted from L’Oréal after the boycott of the brand by the Arab countries

The affair had started with the boycott by the Arab countries in 1988 of the products of L’Oréal, which was about to buy Elena Rubinstein. Jean Frydman was then ousted from his post as director of Paravision, a subsidiary of L’Oréal specializing in the audiovisual industry, and he felt that, because he was Jewish, this resignation was an inadmissible pledge given to Arab countries. . This case had given rise to multiple legal twists and turns before Jean Frydman and the historic leader of L’Oréal François Dalle, who died in 2005, withdrew from their reciprocal complaints.


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