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France Condemns Israel’s Dismantling of Palestinian Schools

France condemns Israeli demolition of schools, calls for return of seized EU-funded property

France condemned this week the latest Israeli demolition and dismantling of French and European Union-funded Palestinian educational facilities in Area C of the occupied West Bank and called on Israel to return the property it had seized from these facilities. A French Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the Israeli action was contrary to international law, expressing concern regarding Israeli plans behind …

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Netanyahu opposes US-Russian ceasefire deal in Syria

Netanyahu opposes US-Russian ceasefire deal in Syria

.Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his opposition to a US-Russian ceasefire deal recently reached in southern Syria during his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. Netanyahu told reporters after the meeting on Sunday that Tel Aviv totally opposes the truce agreement in southern Syria, which he alleged consolidates Iran’s presence in the Arab country. A top Israeli official, …

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Activists protest Israeli premier’s planned visit to France

Activists protest Israeli premier’s planned visit to France

.French activists have launched a protest rally against the planned visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Paris, slamming Bibi’s human rights violations across the occupied Palestinian territories. The protesters gathered in Place de la Republique square in Paris on Saturday, wearing T-shirts and holding portraits of Netanyahu with signs reading (in French) “fascist,” “murderer,” “racist” and “torturer.” The …

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Refugee electrocuted while attempting to climb on Eurostar train heading for UK

Refugee electrocuted while attempting to climb on Eurostar train heading for UK

Man hit by bolt of electricity at Paris’s Gare du Nord station .A refugee has been electrocuted while attempting to climb on the roof of a Eurostar train heading for the UK. The unidentified man was killed at Paris’s Gare du Nord, the busiest railway station in Europe, after being hit by a bolt of electricity from overhead power lines. …

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153 lawmakers urge France to recognize state of Palestine

153 lawmakers urge France to recognize state of Palestine

More than 150 lawmakers of the French parliament have signed a letter to President Francois Hollande urging him to officially recognize Palestine as a state. According to the text of the letter published in the French media on Sunday, some 153 lawmakers demanded that Hollande conclude the case of Palestine’s statehood before he leaves office in May. “France must demonstrate …

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Women and children ‘endure rape, beatings and abuse’ inside Dunkirk’s refugee camp

Women and children ‘endure rape, beatings and abuse’ inside Dunkirk’s refugee camp

. The fate of those stranded by the UK’s decision to limit taking child refugees from France Children and women are being raped by traffickers inside a refugee camp in northern France, according to detailed testimony gathered ahead of fresh legal action against the UK government’s approach to the welfare of unaccompanied minors. Corroborating accounts from volunteers, medics, refugees and …

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Le Louvre terror attack: Suspect identified as Egyptian Abdullah Reda al-Hamany

Le Louvre terror attack Suspect identified as Egyptian Abdullah Reda alHamany

A man who attacked soldiers with a machete near the Louvre art gallery in Paris has been identified as Egyptian national Abdullah Reda al-Hamamy. The 29-year-old was shot and wounded by police after he launched an attack on a soldier who was guarding the entrance to the Carrousel du Louvre shopping centre. The four-man patrol had told him he could …

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France hints at plan for ‘long’ military stay in Chad

France hints at plan for ‘long’ military stay in Chad

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says French troopers stationed in Chad should “prepare for a long war” against regional militants, in a remark that reveals France’s plans for prolonged military presence in its former African colony. “We must prepare for a long war in an environment that has undergone dramatic shifts,” Cazeneuve told French soldiers in Chad, where he arrived for …

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Western cities tighten New Year’s Eve security as terrorism fears persist

Western cities tighten New Year's Eve security as terrorism fears persist

Berlin, scene of deadly Christmas market attack weeks ago, Paris, Brussels and New York among cities stepping up measures Major western cities are tightening security for New Year’s Eve celebrations amid continuing terrorism fears, with authorities particularly concerned about a repeat of this year’s deadly truck attacks in Germany and France. “Every measure is being taken to prevent a possible …

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