PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that recognizing a Palestinian state was ânot a taboo for Franceâ in his first such comments since the start of the war in Gaza.
âThe recognition of a Palestinian state is not a taboo for France,â he said at a joint press conference in Paris with Jordanâs King Abdullah.
His comments come after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a plan for international recognition of such a state, following reports of such an initiative in The Washington Post.
Source: Macron says recognizing a Palestinian state ânot a tabooâ for France
RIYADH: The Saudi minister of interior, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif, and his French counterpart Gerald Darmanin discussed the expansion of security cooperation between their countries during a meeting in Riyadh on Thursday.
The prince said this was in keeping with directives from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, based on the longstanding good relationship between the two nations.
Source: Saudi and French ministers discuss increased security cooperation
Saudi Gazette reportRIYADH â Saudi Arabia and France on Thursday signed a joint plan to implement a number of initiatives and cooperation projects between the ministries of interior of the two countries.
Source: Saudi Arabia, France sign joint plan for initiatives and cooperation projects
Saudi Gazette reportRIYADH â The President of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee (SOPC), Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki, and the President of the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF), David
Source: Saudi and French Olympic Committees sign cooperation agreement
PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday that the Gaza death toll was âintolerableâ and Israelâs operations there âmust cease,â the presidentâs office said.
In a telephone call that saw Macron toughen his tone, the French leader expressed Franceâs âfirm oppositionâ to an Israeli offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, saying it âcould only lead to a humanitarian disaster of a new magnitudeâ and create a new risk of regional escalation, according to a statement from the presidential Elysee palace.
Source: Macron tells Netanyahu Gaza operations must âceaseâ, death toll âintolerableâ
BEIRUT/PARIS: France has delivered a written proposal to Beirut aimed at ending hostilities with Israel and settling the disputed Lebanon-Israel frontier, according to a document seen by Reuters that calls for fighters including Hezbollahâs elite unit to withdraw 10 km (6 miles) from the border.
The plan aims to end fighting between the Iran-backed Hezbollah and Israel at the border. The hostilities have run in parallel to the Gaza war and are fueling concern of a ruinous, all-out confrontation.
Source: France proposes Hezbollah withdrawal, border talks for Israel-Lebanon truce
PARIS: France on Monday evacuated 42 people from Gaza including French nationals and staff of the French cultural institute, the foreign ministry said.
âAfter a request from France, 42 people today left the Gaza Strip through the Rafa border crossingâ into Egypt, said a ministry statement.
More than 200 people have now left the stricken territory following official French requests, it added.
The announcement comes just days after a teacher who had worked for 20 years with the French institute in Gaza died due to a lack of treatment, a diplomatic source told AFP.
Source: French evacuates 42 people from Gaza
Mamoudzou: French authorities said Sunday they planned to revoke birthright citizenship on the Indian Ocean island of Mayotte, the countryâs poorest overseas territory, which has been struggling with social unrest and a crippling migration crisis.Mayotte is composed of two islands that voted to stay part of France in 1973, while the others in the surrounding Muslim-majority archipelago sought independence, becoming the Comoros Islands.
Source: France to revoke birthright citizenship in Mayotte to fight migration crisis
PARIS: French prosecutors have recommended that cement maker Lafarge stand trial on charges of terrorism financing over its past activities in Syria, a source close to the case told AFP Friday.
Franceâs anti-terror prosecution unit (PNAT) wants to put the company and nine of its former managers in the dock, the source said.
Lafarge has since 2015 been part of Swiss building materials conglomerate Holcim.
Source: French prosecutors seek Lafarge trial for terror financing