France and Israel enjoying 'honeymoon'

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22 November 2007, PARIS - France and Israel are in the midst of a "honeymoon" in their relationship, French presidential spokesman David Martinon said Wednesday.

22 November 2007

PARIS - France and Israel are in the midst of a "honeymoon" in their relationship, French presidential spokesman David Martinon said Wednesday.

"Honeymoon is not too strong a word to qualify the relationship between France and Israel," Martinon said in a speech before the umbrella organisation of French Jewish organisations.

"We have the impression that we have gone back before 1967," when Franco-Israeli relations soured, notably over an arms embargo due to the  Israeli-Arab war that year.

President Nicolas Sarkozy "is very proud and very happy about this because it gives us more leverage to make things happen," he told the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions.

Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner

Sarkozy believes that Israel should be "talked to like a friend and not be lectured continuously", he added.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner was quoted as saying in an interview in Israel on Sunday that France "will never compromise on Israel's security."

The French foreign minister was in Israel over the weekend for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders aimed at ensuring the success of a peace meeting planned for Annapolis in the United States before the end of this month.

AFP

Subject: French news

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