Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Macron chides Netanyahu on settlements, urges new Mideast talks

Macron chides Netanyahu on settlements, urges new Mideast talks

Ending decades of equivocation, President Jacques Chirac formally admitted France's collective responsibility for wartime crimes, declaring in 1995: "the criminal folly of the occupiers was seconded by the French, by the French state".

France shares Israel's concerns at the arming of Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah, President Emmanuel Macron told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after their first formal meeting in Paris on Sunday.

President Macron confronted antisemitism in France yesterday as he voiced the country's guilt for sending thousands of Jews to Nazi death camps.

They were taken to the Velodrome D'Hiver, a cycling stadium near the Eiffel Tower, or an internment camp.

76,000 Jews in total were deported in France. He said "not a single German" was directly involved, just French police collaborating with the Nazis.

Le Pen had insisted during the campaign that today's France could not be held accountable for the Vichy regime's actions.

After attending a Holocaust commemoration event with Netanyahu, Macron also appealed for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks which have been suspended for three years.

Two days after treating President Trump to a Bastille Day parade, Emmanuel Macron welcomed yet another world leader to Paris for a symbolic summit. "Militant Islam wants to destroy our common civilization. We can not build pride upon a lie".

Macron said he would visit Israel "in the coming months", at the invitation of the Israeli prime minister.

"We are strengthening our ties with countries on five continents - Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America, but it is also very important to us to strengthen ties with European countries", Netanyahu said before boarding the plane at Ben-Gurion Airport.

It will also be his first visit with newly elected Macron who are slated to meet tomorrow at Élysée Palace, the presidential compound for talks that will address particular Syria, Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "They wish to destroy anyone that stands in their way - Jews, Christians, Muslims, who suffer the brunt of their savagery".

During his speech, delivered partially in French but mostly in English, Netanyahu hailed French citizens who protected Jews during World War II and vowed never to let Holocaust be repeated.

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