Tag: France

France says Israeli bill on settlements a risk to two-state solution

Following condemnation from Washington, France said on Tuesday an Israeli bill supported by a ministerial committee allowing settlers in the occupied West Bank to remain in homes built on private Palestinian land was of a matter of deep concern and jeopardized a two-state solution. “This proposed law, if it were adopted, would once again jeopardize […]

French Plan for ‘Mega Database’ of Citizens’ Personal Data Triggers Protests

The French government is under fire for quietly issuing a decree establishing a mega-database of personal details of 60 million French citizens, a move privacy campaigners view as potentially dangerous. The database established by the decree issued by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve will affect every holder of a French passport or identity card, except for […]

France will promote peace initiative despite Israeli opposition

France will not stop trying to promote its initiative to convene an international peace conference by the end of the year despite Israel’s negative response to the idea, senior French diplomats told the Haaretz newspaper on Monday evening. Earlier on Monday, Israeli officials meeting with French envoy Pierre Vimont reiterated Israel’s firm opposition to the […]

Israel tells France it will not join talks aimed at reviving peace process

Israel has formally notified France that it will not participate in a peace conference later this year that Paris had hoped might rejuvenate moribund talks with Palestinians over a two-state solution. Rejecting the initiative, Israel cited the talks as a distraction from the goal of direct negotiations with the Palestinians – despite the fact there […]

France: Israel should show commitment to peace by attending December parley

France has called on Israel to show its support for a two-state solution by promising to attend an international peace conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Paris in the coming months.“If the Israeli government would decide to come to such a conference, it would be a perfect arena so that everyone, at last, would think […]

French Jews urged to rally over UNESCO resolutions

The main Jewish groups in France urged members to rally in front of the headquarters of the country’s Foreign Ministry to protest its failure to oppose UN resolutions that ignore Jewish ties to Jerusalem, JTA reported on Thursday. On Wednesday, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee passed a resolution denying the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. On October […]

François Hollande: France has ‘a problem with Islam’

The French president, François Hollande, has said his country has “a problem with Islam” and that there are too many illegal migrants arriving in France.   He also suggested that today’s “veiled woman” could become a Marianne, the female symbol of the French republic, and attacked his rival Nicolas Sarkozy as “the little De Gaulle”. […]

France bans the use of plastic crockery and cutlery to aid battle against climate change

lastic crockery and cutlery is to be banned in France unless it is made from biologically sourced materials.   The law comes into force in 2020. It is part of a French environmental initiative called the Energy Transition for Green Growth, part of a package aimed at tackling climate change.   But, the Independent reported, the […]

Anxious summer as terror-hit France looks over its shoulder

With every new terror attack, French citizens stoically declare that “life goes on”, but despite this show of defiance, a creeping anxiety has taken hold of society.   Outwardly, the French summer is in full swing, restaurant and bar terraces — targeted in a November attack on Paris — are packed and vibrant, beaches are […]

French President Francois Hollande: Trumps Excesses Make You Want To Retch

French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday reprimanded the “excesses” of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling his statements “sickening.””His excesses make you want to retch, even in the United States, especially when — as was Donald Trumps case — he speaks ill of a soldier, of the memory of a soldier,” Hollande told journalists at […]