Tag: France

France to hold summit on Israeli-Palestinian peace process

France will attempt to reanimate the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process by holding a meeting of foreign ministers in Paris at the end of May, to set the stage for a peace conference later in the summer.   The intervention by France comes following months of deeply pessimistic noises from Washington – which has long been […]

French FM: Only the ‘two-state solution’ will work

An international meeting meant to kickstart the Israel-Palestinian Authority (PA) peace process must result in guarantees and not just declarations, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told Haaretz Thursday night, shortly after his country announced the May 30 summit.   The goal of the summit, he said, is to “build a collective commitment of the international […]

Paris climate deal set to be signed by record number of states

About 170 countries gathered at the United Nations for a ceremonial signing of the landmark Paris agreement on Friday, in a powerful display of global efforts to fight climate change.   A dozen countries – mainly the small island states at risk of being drowned by rising seas – said they would take the additional […]

Earth Day 2016: Paris climate deal signing ceremony – what it means and why it matters

The world took a collective sigh of relief in the last days of 2015, when countries came together to adopt the historic Paris agreement on climate change.   The international treaty was a much-needed victory for multilateralism, and surprised many with its more-ambitious-than-expected agreement to pursue efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C.   The […]

Abbas to meet Hollande to discuss French plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet French President Francois Hollande in Paris later this month to discuss France’s recent push to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.   Abbas will have an “important meeting” with Hollande to talk about “convening an international peace conference in accordance with the French initiative,” Palestinian Authority presidential spokesman Nabil Abu […]

Massive increase in French aliyah expected in 2016

Some 32,000 olim moved to Israel in 2015, double the number seen in recent years. From 2008 to 2013 the number of immigrants remained fairly stable between 13,000 and 17,000.Fears of increased terrorism abroad and rising anti-Semitism in Europe have fueled a significant uptick in Aliyah over the past few years. With high-profile attacks like the […]

French town installs ‘talking CCTV cameras’ to scare off litterbugs

One of the wealthiest towns on the Riviera with a crime rate close to zero has become France’s first municipality to install ‘talking’ CCTV cameras that tell off people for parking badly or dropping litter. The home of nobility and millionaires, Mandelieu-la-Napoule is best known for mimosa trees, topless sunbathers and A-list pool parties at […]

Brussels attack: London lights up in solidarity with the people of Belgium

London was lit up in the colours of the Belgian flag tonight as the capital came out in support of Brussels to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the brutal attacks on the city on 22 March. Tower Bridge, the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square and the famed arches of Wembley Stadium […]

Brussels airport attacks man in white revealed as Paris master bombmaker

One of the Brussels bombers left a suicide note telling how he was desperate to blow himself up because he did not want to go to prison like his friend, Paris bomber Salah Abdeslam, Belgiums chief prosecutor revealed today.Ibrahim El Bakraoui, who helped kill 14 people when he set off his suicide vest at Brussels […]

Belgian Police Name Man Suspected of Being Salah Abdeslam’s Accomplice

PARIS — The Belgian authorities on Monday identified a man suspected of being an accomplice of Salah Abdeslam, who was captured on Friday and charged with terrorist murder in the Paris attacks of Nov. 13. They had asked for the public’s help in finding him.   The man was identified as Najim Laachraoui, 24, a […]