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French police:

'Suspects in vandalism of Holocaust memorial fled to Belgium'

French prosecutors say three suspects in last week's defacement of the Paris Holocaust memorial were tracked across the border into Belgium.

'Suspects in vandalism of Holocaust memorial fled to Belgium'

France:

Police shoot dead attempted synagogue arsonist

French police shoot dead an Algerian man armed with a knife and an iron bar, who tried to set fire to a synagogue in the northern city of Rouen.

Police shoot dead attempted synagogue arsonist

France:

Hunt for gunmen who murdered prison guards in France

The French police are on the hunt for gunmen who ambushed a prison service vehicle, murdered two guards and rescued a prisoner suspected of murder and drug trafficking.

Hunt for gunmen who murdered prison guards in France

'Odious antisemitism':

Macron condemns vandalism of Paris Holocaust memorial

French President condemns vandalism at the Wall of the Righteous, a memorial for the French citizens who risked their lives to save Jews during the Second World War.

Macron condemns vandalism of Paris Holocaust memorial

Vandals deface Paris Holocaust museum with blood-red hands

Wall of the Righteous memorial to French citizens who saved Jews defaced with dozens of red hands in act Israeli Ambassador harkens to lynching of 2 Israelis at start of Second Intifada.

Vandals deface Paris Holocaust museum with blood-red hands

Russia's message to Britain

Russia is threatening to strike British military facilities and has started practicing the use of nuclear weapons.

Russia's message to Britain

Did France send troops to Ukraine?

The French Foreign Ministry responded to reports that France sent forces to Ukraine following President Macron's statements that he would not rule out sending forces if necessary.

Did France send troops to Ukraine?

Majority of French Jews have experienced antisemitism

A new American Jewish Committee report on antisemitism in France shows 86% of French Jews fear antisemitic attacks, 44% refrain from wearing kippahs and stars of David.

Majority of French Jews have experienced antisemitism

During visit to Lebanon

French Foreign Minister urges de-escalation with Israel

French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne: We refuse a worst-case scenario... No one has any interest in Israel and Hezbollah continuing this escalation.

French Foreign Minister urges de-escalation with Israel

France:

Teen arrested over threat to attack Paris Olympics

French anti-terrorism authorities arrest 16-year-old who said on social media that he wanted to die “a martyr” at the Olympic Games in Paris this summer.

Teen arrested over threat to attack Paris Olympics

France:

Man arrested for kidnap and rape of Jewish woman

Nanterre police arrested a man on suspicion of kidnapping, rape and threatening to murder a Jewish woman in Paris suburb.

Man arrested for kidnap and rape of Jewish woman

'Revenge on Palestine'

Jewish woman kidnapped and raped in Paris suburb

Man arrested for kidnap and rape of Jewish woman in Gennevilliers, Paris, in an antisemitic attack.

Jewish woman kidnapped and raped in Paris suburb

For condemning attack:

Iran summons ambassadors of Britain, France, and Germany

Director for Western Europe at Iran’s foreign ministry accuses the three countries of "double standards" after they condemned Iran's drone and missile attack on Israel.

Iran summons ambassadors of Britain, France, and Germany

Amid Iranian threats:

Countries issue travel warnings to Israel

France, India, Russia, Poland and the United Kingdom warn citizens against travelling to Israel and, in some cases, the wider region.

Countries issue travel warnings to Israel

President Macron:

'We warned Iran not to attack Israel'

Knesset Speaker Ohana told President Macron: 'There is no scenario in which Israel will not deal with the Hamas brigades in Rafah, the proposals to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state are a victory for terror.'

'We warned Iran not to attack Israel'

France threatens sanctions on Israel over Gaza aid

France's Foreign Minister says pressure, and possibly sanctions, must be imposed on Israel to open crossings to get humanitarian aid to Gaza.

France threatens sanctions on Israel over Gaza aid

Jordan, France and Egypt:

'Ceasefire must be implemented without delay'

King Abdullah II of Jordan, French President Emmanuel Macron and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in op-ed for Washington Post: An operation in Rafah would have “dangerous consequences”.

'Ceasefire must be implemented without delay'

France to put forward UN resolution on Gaza ceasefire

French Foreign Minister says his country will put forward a draft resolution at the UN Security Council setting out a "political" settlement of the war in Gaza.

France to put forward UN resolution on Gaza ceasefire

Foreign Min.: UNRWA is part of Hamas' terrorist infrastructure

Israel's Foreign Ministry responds to interim report on UNRWA-Hamas connections, calls it out as 'attempt to cover up UNRWA's failures in order to enable the refunding of the agency.'

Foreign Min.: UNRWA is part of Hamas' terrorist infrastructure

Under certain conditions:

France to resume funding to UNRWA

France announces it will provide over 30 million euros to UNRWA while ensuring the agency fulfills its mission "in a spirit devoid of incitement to hatred and violence".

France to resume funding to UNRWA

Macron to Netanyahu:

'Transfer of people from Rafah would be a war crime'

French President speaks to Netanyahu, expresses his opposition to an Israeli operation in the Gazan city of Rafah.

'Transfer of people from Rafah would be a war crime'

Following Moscow attack:

France raises terror alert to highest level

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal says the decision was made in light of ISIS claiming responsibility for the Moscow attack and "the threats weighing on our country".

France raises terror alert to highest level

France:

He called Jewish nation 'enemy' and was expelled

It was decided in Paris to deport Mahjoub Mahjoubi from France after he called the flag of the republic 'satanic' and the Jewish people 'enemy.'

He called Jewish nation 'enemy' and was expelled

France claims 45 hostages received medications

French govt. echoes claims by Qatar that some hostages in Gaza have finally received medications after 4 months in captivity, but no evidence has yet been provided.

France claims 45 hostages received medications

France sanctions 28 Judea and Samaria residents

Paris has decided to impose sanctions against 28 residents of Judea and Samaria, after Britain and the US imposed a similar decision.

France sanctions 28 Judea and Samaria residents

UN official outrageously claims:

Oct 7 caused by Israeli oppression, not antisemitism

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian Territories Francesca Albanese claims October 7 only happened because of 'Israeli oppression' in response to French President calling it the 'largest antisemitic massacre of our century.

Oct 7 caused by Israeli oppression, not antisemitism

No proof provided

Hamas tells Qatar hostages received medications

France is pressuring the Qataris to provide proof that the hostages received the medications transferred to Gaza last month.

Hamas tells Qatar hostages received medications

In unanimous vote:

All hostages to be made honorary citizens of Paris

All party leaders, including the Communist Party and the Radical Party of the Left, voted in favor and demanded in their speeches the immediate release of all hostages.

All hostages to be made honorary citizens of Paris

Paris attacker transferred from Belgium to France

Salah Abdeslam, who was sentenced to life in jail over 2015 Paris attacks, removed from his Belgian prison cell and transferred back to France.

Paris attacker transferred from Belgium to France

President Macron:

The French nation will never forget the 10.7 victims

The French President participated in a ceremony commemorating the French victims of the Hamas attack and mentioned the three French citizens who are still in captivity: Ofer Calderon, Ohad Yahalomi, and Orión Hernández Radoux.

The French nation will never forget the 10.7 victims

France:

'We expect proof that hostages received medication'

Medicine for Israeli hostages being held by Hamas entered the Gaza Strip last month, but there has been no indication that the hostages received it.

'We expect proof that hostages received medication'

COGAT to French MP:

'Israel does not limit humanitarian aid to Gaza'

After left-wing French MP Thomas Portes claims trucks at Rafah Crossing prove Israel is allowing thousands of Gazans to die of hunger, COGAT notes those trucks are not blocked by Israel but waiting for organizations to receive them in Gaza.

'Israel does not limit humanitarian aid to Gaza'

Chief Rabbi of France:

'A direct line runs from Auschwitz to Be’eri'

Rabbi Haim Korsia delivered an emotional speech to representatives of 47 member countries of the European Commission

'A direct line runs from Auschwitz to Be’eri'

France announces decision to suspend UNRWA funding

No plans for UNRWA funding during first half of 2024, French Foreign Min. says.

France announces decision to suspend UNRWA funding

France:

'1000% rise in antisemitism since October 7th'

Crif today published full report on antisemitic incidents in France, showing a 1000% rise in antisemitism since October 7th"

'1000% rise in antisemitism since October 7th'

French FM:

Accusing Israel of genocide crosses moral threshold

French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne criticizes South Africa's case against Israel in remarks to Parliament, says genocide 'cannot be exploited for a political end.'

Accusing Israel of genocide crosses moral threshold

Belgium:

Police stop bus over 'terrorist' conversation

Belgian police stop bus coming from France after a passenger reports hearing a conversation about a possible attack.

Police stop bus over 'terrorist' conversation

France:

Students campaign to make Oct 7 ‘World Day Against Antisemitism'

French Muslim student who opposes Hamas launches campaign to have October 7. marked as the international day against antisemitism.

Students campaign to make Oct 7 ‘World Day Against Antisemitism'

Former French general:

'The party in Re'im was a provocation'

General Michel Olhagaray causes uproar over comments on the party near Kibbutz Re'im, which was attacked by Hamas on October 7.

'The party in Re'im was a provocation'

'Reckless behavior':

Four countries condemn Iran over uranium enrichment

France, Germany, Britain and US condemn Iran after IAEA report said it increased its production rate of highly enriched uranium.

Four countries condemn Iran over uranium enrichment

During call with Netanyahu:

Macron demands 'lasting ceasefire in Gaza'

French President speaks to Netanyahu, expresses "deepest concern" over civilian deaths in Gaza.

Macron demands 'lasting ceasefire in Gaza'

France 'gravely concerned' by intensified Gaza fighting

France’s Foreign Ministry calls for immediate truce, criticizes "systematic bombing" in Gaza.

France 'gravely concerned' by intensified Gaza fighting

Report:

Netanyahu demanded Hezbollah be moved from the border - & caved

In negotiations with the US and France, Israel is sending very different messages than what it has declared to the public, report says.

Netanyahu demanded Hezbollah be moved from the border - & caved

French Parliament rejects sanctions against French-Israeli MP

The French National Assembly has rejected a call by 39 MPs to sanction French-Israeli MP Meyer Habib for supporting Israel's war in Gaza.

French Parliament rejects sanctions against French-Israeli MP

Austin and French counterpart:

'Houthi attacks a significant problem that must be addressed'

US Secretary of Defense and French counterpart discuss continued attacks on shipping vessels in the Red Sea by Yemen's Houthis.

'Houthi attacks a significant problem that must be addressed'

Macron:

'Fighting terrorism does not mean flattening Gaza'

French President again criticizes Israel's response to Hamas attack: Stop this response because it is not appropriate.

'Fighting terrorism does not mean flattening Gaza'

Lebanese media:

French say Israel ready for a ground offensive in Lebanon

French authorities warned Hezbollah that if negotiations to secure Israel's border fail, there may be a large offensive into Lebanon.

French say Israel ready for a ground offensive in Lebanon

France's message to Lebanon: The rules of the game have changed

French Pres. Macron sent message to Lebanon pushing for diplomatic solution to distance Hezbollah from border with Israel, report says.

France's message to Lebanon: The rules of the game have changed

France:

'There was failure in psychiatric care of Paris attacker'

French Interior Minister says there was failure in psychiatric care of the Islamist who stabbed a German tourist to death on the weekend.

'There was failure in psychiatric care of Paris attacker'

Suspected terror attack in France

One dead, two injured, after attacker yells 'Allahu akbar' and attacks passersby near Eiffel Tower.

Suspected terror attack in France

France seeks to sanction Israelis who attack Palestinians

The sanctions come as a balancing measure in a proposal to sanction Hamas leadership.

France seeks to sanction Israelis who attack Palestinians

French FM to Iranian FM:

'Everyone must condemn terrorist attacks against Israel'

Minister Catherine Colonna firmly warned her counterpart against any escalation or extension of the conflict, particularly in Lebanon.

'Everyone must condemn terrorist attacks against Israel'

France issues arrest warrant for Assad

France issues arrest warrant for Syrian President over his regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.

France issues arrest warrant for Assad

French official:

'Macron has not changed his position on Israel vs. Hamas'

French official rejects Netanyahu's criticism of Macron's comments that Israel should "stop killing babies and women".

'Macron has not changed his position on Israel vs. Hamas'

French Interior Minister:

'Antisemtism has exploded since October 7'

France says more than 1,000 antisemitic acts have been recorded since Hamas attack on Israel. 486 people have been arrested.

'Antisemtism has exploded since October 7'

Jewish woman stabbed in France

Police find swastika plastered to door of Jewish woman who suffered stabbing while at home.

Jewish woman stabbed in France

French mayor denounces graffiti labels on Jewish homes

The mayor of Saint-Ouen has ordered police to use all possible means to arrest those painting Stars of David on Jewish homes.

French mayor denounces graffiti labels on Jewish homes

Herzog:

'The central problem of the conflict is terrorism'

Israel's President speaks to French TV, affirms Israel's commitment to international law while doing what is needed to defend itself.

'The central problem of the conflict is terrorism'

France:

Government seeks to probe leftist lawmaker over Hamas comments

French Interior Minister says leftist lawmaker should be probed for justifying terrorism after she said Hamas is a "resistance" movement.

Government seeks to probe leftist lawmaker over Hamas comments

PM Netanyahu:

'European leaders unwavering in support for Israel'

PM Netanyahu speaks with leaders of Germany, France, and Greece, thanks them for 'unswerving support' for Israel.

'European leaders unwavering in support for Israel'