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War on Terror
Hezbollah expands in Europe

Intelligence agencies in France warns of Hezbollah's financial expansion in Europe during its efforts to spread its ideology amongst Muslim youth in the region. Reports say, Hezbollah's activity focuses on laundering funds of Columbian drug dealers, fundraising and story Ammonium nitrate in Europe. This substance led to the explosion in Beirut just less than a year ago. 

Experts quoted by French media warned of the increasing political and religious influence of Hezbollah in Europe, where it operates covertly under religious organization that are officially affiliated. These reports say that Cyprus and England had arrested Lebanese students allegedly tied to Hezbollah, who were storing more than 8 tonnes of Ammonium nitrate in Cyprus, and more than 3 tonnes of the substance in London. 

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War on Terror
"Hezbollah is a dangerous terrorist organization, spreading its network all over France"

Following reports that the operations of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia are expanding in France in several ways, a French Senator stressed on Saturday that there are gaps in the mechanisms for dealing with terrorism in Europe.

In a statement to the Al-Arabiya network, he added that Hezbollah is a dangerous terrorist organization, noting that officials have repeatedly warned the government of the danger of terrorism on the part of this militia.

He went on to say that Hezbollah is the only beneficiary of the disintegration of Lebanon, stressing the need for dialogue with the United States because it knows more about the danger of that organization.

Hezbollah activities are expanding

The militia's actions are apparently not limited to the ideas it exports there, but have spread to other and more dangerous areas as well.

The French magazine "Le Point" published a comprehensive investigation into Hezbollah's activities in the country under the headline: "Hezbollah is deploying its network in France."

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Diplomacy
French President Emmanuel Macron is the first international leader to address the change of government in Israel

In a conversation with Maariv correspondent Gideon Kotz, he said: "I very much hope that the new government will work harder to resume negotiations for a just and lasting peace with the Palestinians, according to the familiar parameters of a two-state solution, in the spirit of our positions - France." Macron mentioned and said that: "Ready to contribute to the process while respecting everyone's legitimate aspirations."

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Middle East analysis
French-Tunisian Imam Hassen Chalghoumi:ย 

- The Muslim Brotherhood should be called the Devil's Brotherhood
- Hassan Al-Bana (Muslim Brotherhood founder) was a monster
- Political Islam promotes a vision of Hatred, Barbarism, Savagery

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Diplomacy
France For a Two-State-Solution

French President Emmanuel Macron announced at the American-Jewish Committee (AJC) that France is willing to join the efforts to achieve a two-state-solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Middle East News
After Buying Rafael Planes, Egypt Waiting for a French Spy Satellite and Refueling Planes

Starting in 2024, France will begin supplying 30 Raphael fighter jets to Egypt in a deal worth four billion euros ($ 4.8 billion). Experts say this agreement will open the door to other arms deals with France.

"As part of the same agreement, Egypt will likely receive additional military equipment, including a spy satellite and an Airbus A330 multi-mission airplane (MR)," a military researcher at the Arab Policy Analysis Forum in Cairo stated.

Egypt is one of France's most important security and economic partners. Paris's interest is to strengthen its relations with a country that shares with it the same strategic visions in Libya, in the eastern Mediterranean, and especially in countries fighting terrorist groups and extremist groups.

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Global News
French President Macron slapped in the face at a public appearence

Watch: During a demonstration in France, one of the demonstrators asked to shake the hand of French President Emanuel Macron and after the handshake the citizen slapped the president hard in the face. Security guards who were at the scene detained the man and led him to custody.

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Middle East News
Macron: I support Iraq sovereignty and its PM

France's President, Emmanuel Macron announced tonight (Saturday) its support in Iraq's sovereignty following his meeting with Mustafa Al Kadhimi - as it is stated on Macrons residence and office. Macron expressed his concern about recent even in Baghdad, yet praised Kadhimi's diplomatic work. 

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Terror Attack
France: Suspect Stabs Innocent Bystanders

A terrorist stabbed Friday passersby in Nantes, France with a screwdriver while shouting "Allahu akbar." He was arrested by the authorities.

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Diplomacy
"We will not tolerate hypocritical preaching of morality"
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke yesterday (Wednesday) at the memorial ceremony for the fallen of the Altalena:
 
"I would like to sharply protest against the remarks of the French Foreign Minister in a televised interview. The minister said that Israel was liable to become an apartheid state – a brazen, false claim that is without any foundation. In the State of Israel all citizens are equal before the law, regardless of their origin.
 
The State of Israel is the beacon of democracy and human rights in our region, the only democracy in our region. It has always been – and it will always be. We will not tolerate any hypocritical and mendacious preaching of morality on this matter."
 
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Diplomacy
FM Ashkenazi summons French ambassador for reprimand

Foreign Minister Ashkenazi summoned French Amb. Eric Danon for reprimand, after the French FM said Israel could become an apartheid state.

"The FM's words are unacceptable, unfounded and far from reality. Israel expects its friends not to express themselves irresponsibly, which gives rise to extremist elements and anti-Israel activity," Ashkenazi said.

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Diplomacy
Netanyahu condemns French FM's apartheid statement

PM Benjamin Netanyahu called out France's FM Jean-Yves Le Drian statement, in which he said that Israel could turn into an apartheid state. Netanyahu said that asks the French government to strongly condemn his statement, which he called "rude, wrong with no real evidence." Netanyahu added "Israel is the lighthouse of democracy in the region, in which all of its citizens are equal under the law. It has always been and will continue to be so. We will not tolerate faulty hypocritical preachings in this matter," Netanyahu concluded. These remarks by Netanyahu were said during a ceremony for the memory of the refugee ship Altalana. 

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Operation "Guardian of the Walls"
France Promoting Ceasefire in UNSC

France offered several members of the UN Security Council a draft resolution that calls for a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza’s terrorist organizations, a French official with knowledge on the subject said Wednesday.

The French are interested to put the resolution up for a vote in the coming days if a ceasefire is not reached.

France formulated the draft together with Egypt and Jordan, after French President Emmanuel Macron, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Jordanian King Abdullah II had met yesterday in a triumvirate summit.

The resolution is reportedly phrased in a way that would make it difficult for the United States to veto it.

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Operation "Guardian of the Walls"
French police clash with pro-Palestinian protesters in Paris

Police in Paris on Saturday fired tear gas and aimed water cannons at protesters defying a ban on marching against Israeli attacks on Gaza, trying to disperse demonstrators gathering in groups of several hundred.

Hundreds of people also took part in authorised protests in other French cities, including Lyon and Marseille, which took place peacefully. These echoed marches elsewhere around the world, from Sydney to Madrid, amid days of conflict between Israel and militants in Gaza.

In Paris, the gathering was banned by police and at the request of Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, with authorities citing fears the protest could turn violent.

Some protesters turned out anyway, waving Palestinian flags and attempting to join up with disparate groups of demonstrators.

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# Anti-Israel Propaganda # Anti-Semitism # France
Operation "Guardian of the Walls"
Pro Palestinian protests in Paris

Yellow vest protesters came out to protest for Palestine this afternoon.

Police used tear gas and water guns to diffuse the illegal protest. The protest was banned earlier this week, according to courts in Barbes quarter in Northern Paris, France.

The Paris Police are seen blocking the march, not allowing them to enter the Jewish quarter. The protesters were chanting "Israel are murderers, long live Palestine."

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Antisemitism
Paris banned Pro Hamas protests

Paris Police has put out a warrant to forbid the pro Palestinian protest planned for Saturday. This decision was made by Minister of the Interior of France, Gérald Darmanin. 

Paris Police Chief, Didier Allemand, expressed concerned of riots. Allemand added that due to events like this, antisemitic sentiments are rising as more synagogues are vandalized.

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Middle East News
French Foreign Minister warns of "political suicide" in Lebanon
On Friday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of Beirut threatened to impose further sanctions on senior Lebanese government officials to prevent "general suicide", with the parties concerned failing to form a government that would carry out radical reforms to halt the prolonged economic collapse. "It's urgent to find a way out of the current political impasse," Darian told reporters in his statements a day after a series of meetings he held in Beirut, mainly with the president of the republic, the president of parliament and the prime minister. He believes that "to this day the political actors have not been held accountable and have not started working seriously for the country to recover quickly", warning that "unless they act responsibly nowโ€ฆ they must bear the consequences of this failure." For months, France led international pressure to form a government of technocrats, which did not bear fruit due to political disagreements and controversy over the division of power. On Friday, Darian accused senior officials of "leading the country to death." "I am here specifically to prevent this type of political suicide, which is organized by some senior government officials," he said. In an attempt to increase pressure on the political echelon, France last month imposed restrictions on the entry of senior Lebanese officials, which it sees as responsible for political stalemate and corruption. The identities of the figures or restrictions imposed by France have not yet been revealed. La Darian threatened that if the stalemate continued, it might be possible to "tighten or expand these measures" to influence other factors, without mentioning their names. "It can be added with pressure tools available to the EU," he said. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
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Middle East News
Egypt to buy 30 Rafale fighter jets from France
Egypt has signed a contract with France to buy 30 Rafale fighter jets, its defence ministry said in a statement early on Tuesday, in a deal that investigative website Disclose said on Monday was worth 3.75 billion euro ($4.5 billion). President Emmanuel Macron said in December he would not make the sale of weapons to Egypt conditional on human rights because he did not want to weaken Cairo's ability to counter terrorism in the region, a comment that drew the ire of critics. Egypt's defense ministry said the deal would be financed through a loan to be re-paid over at least 10 years, but did not disclose the value of the deal or further details. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Source: Reuters
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Global News
Protesters march in Paris and other French cities on May Day
Thousands of people joined traditional May Day protests across France on Saturday, gathering despite COVID-19 restrictions to demand social and economic justice and voice their opposition to government plans to change unemployment benefits. About 300 rallies were organised in Paris and other cities including Lyon, Nantes, Lille and Toulouse. In the French capital, trade unionists were joined by members of the "Yellow Vest" movement that triggered a wave of anti-government protests three years ago and by workers from sectors hit hard by pandemic restrictions such as culture. Marchers, most wearing masks in line with COVID-19 rules, carried banners reading: "Dividends, not unemployment benefits are the income of lazy people" and "We want to live, not survive". "Loads of money is going to those who have plenty and less tor those who have nothing as reflected in the unemployment insurance reform plan that we want scrapped," Philippe Martinez, head of the CGT labour union said. Most demonstrations were peaceful, although Lyon police scattered a group of about 200 people who were throwing fireworks, the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes prefecture said on Twitter. Seventeen people were arrested in Paris, where 5,000 police have been deployed, the Paris Prefecture de Police told Reuters. Source: Reuters
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Politics
Military personnel in France warn of a possible civil war and the rise of Islam.
The French army will open disciplinary proceedings against soldiers who signed a letter warning of the possibility of civil war and the rise of Islam in the country. The letter, published last week by the right-wing "Valeurs Actuelles" magazine, warns of the "dangers of Islamism and the masses" coming from the suburbs and accused groups of fighting racism in creating "hatred between communities" for supporting the removal of sculptures by historical figures from the colonial period. The letter - signed by at least 18, including four officers and some retired officers - warned that the government's "weak" policy would lead to chaos, which would require military intervention in a "dangerous mission to protect our values." The chief of staff said that any soldier in regular service who signed the letter would face a military tribunal that would decide whether to oust him or take him out of retirement. In President Emanuel Macron's government, ministers said the group that signed the letter was an isolated and irrelevant minority within the military. Still, their call sparked a storm after far-right leader "Marin Le Pen" said she understood their hearts. She urged them to support her ahead of next year's presidential election, in which she is expected to challenge Macron for a second term. An online poll published today showed that 58% of French people agree with the sentiments expressed in the letter, which was circulated days before a stabbing attack in which a policewoman was killed in a Paris suburb. Source: Walla News! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
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