Former newscaster who made aliya in 2006 as war reporter during the 2nd [More] Lebanon War. He is now the editor-in-chief of the main Israeli-French speaking media outlet, JSSNews. He’s member of the “Parti Liberal Democrate” (center-right) and ran for French Parliament during the last elections. [Less] Follow or contact: An open letter to President Shimon Peres by Jonathan-Simon Sellem Mr Shimon Peres, President of the State of Israel, A few weeks ago, the Consul General of France in Jerusalem (also known as the Ambassador of France in Palestine), Frederic Desagneaux, left the capital of Israel. After four years of loyal service at the Quai dOrsay, his mission came to end. He has been replaced by Mr. Magro. Yet, lets draw up an assessment, for the sake of Israel, of the presence of these consuls in Jerusalem. Paris does not recognize Israels right to hold Jerusalem as its capital. This is a fact. Thus, Frances Embassy is located in Tel Aviv.
France selling ships _ and maybe arms _ to Mozambique in unusual deal
30, 2013. French President Francois Hollande is vaunting a 200 million euro ship contract from Mozambique as a model for Frances industrial renewal, and as salvation for Cherbourgs ship-building industry. By Associated Press, CHERBOURG, France France is negotiating possible weapons sales to Mozambique in connection with an unusual, somewhat shrouded ship-building deal, a senior official from the African country said Monday. French authorities would not comment on the negotiations. The ship contract, worth at least a quarter of a billion dollars, is raising eyebrows in both countries. More business news More business news The government of Mozambique one of the worlds poorest countries and a major recipient of European aid isnt spelling out how much exactly is being spent on the 30 trawlers and patrol boats, or who is putting up the money. And the driving force behind the deal is a Lebanese billionaire with holdings across the Middle East and Africa who once faced investigation for his past financial dealings in France. Shaking hands and smiling, French President Francois Hollande and Mozambique President Armando Guebuza formally launched the ship-building project Monday at a struggling shipyard in Cherbourg, on Frances Atlantic coast. Shipbuilder Constructions mecaniques de Normandie (CMN) says the contract will provide two years of work for around 400 French employees. Mozambique officials say the ships will help fight illegal trafficking and piracy, and protect offshore oil and gas drilling platforms. The patrol ships will need naval guns and other military equipment, and so there are also negotiations under way about buying the needed weaponry from France, Mozambique Deputy Foreign Minister Henrique Banze said. Yes there will be weapons purchases, he told The Associated Press by telephone. Its important not only to have ships.