French Envoy: We are united against radical Islam

At memorial for Paris attacks, envoy tells Arutz Sheva about security cooperation and how France has long been sensitive to Arab terror.

Yoni Kempinski,

Patrick Maisonnave
Patrick Maisonnave
Yoni Kempinski

Arutz Sheva got the chance to speak with French Ambassador to Israel Patrick Maisonnave on Sunday night, during a memorial for the 129 victims of the Islamic State (ISIS) attacks in Paris last week.

Speaking at the memorial, which took place during the Annual Conference on Jewish Burial in Israel held by the Religious Services Ministry, Maisonnave said he was moved by the many messages of solidarity he received from Israelis following the brutal attacks that rocked Paris.

The night after the attacks, the envoy recalled how he organized a memorial at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, and expressed his gratitude that roughly 3,000 Israelis spontaneously arrived to show solidarity.

Turning his attention to the security cooperation between Israel and France, Maisonnave said close cooperation has been ongoing for at least two years, far predating the Islamist attacks in January in which 17 people were murdered, including at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and a Jewish supermarket.

In response to those who say that following the Paris attacks France will now understand the situation in Israel, the ambassador claimed that his state has "always been very sensitive to what happens here," and has been aware of the many murdered by terrorists.

"This is a common fight against radical Islam" in Israel and in France alike, he said, declaring, "we stand united to fight that radical Islam."

Patrick Maisonnave at conference Yoni Kempinski



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