France "shocked and offended" by Sharon's attack: defence minister

23rd July 2004, Comments 0 comments

TALLINN, July 23 (AFP) - Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said Friday that France was "shocked and offended" by accusations of anti-Semitism against it from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

TALLINN, July 23 (AFP) - Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said Friday that France was "shocked and offended" by accusations of anti-Semitism against it from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

"We have been very surprised and shocked by the Israeli Prime Minister's declarations which seemed to us unjustified, excessive and out of place," she told a news conference as she wound up a visit to the Baltic states in Tallinn.

Relations between France and Israel have plummeted in recent days after Sharon called on all French Jews to leave the country immediately to escape "wild" anti-Semitism.

Alliot-Marie said France did more than any country to combat anti-Semitism, and described Sharon's attack as "totally abnormal."

© AFP

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