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France to Insure Firms That Deal with Israel Against Arab Boycott

The French Government decided today that state insurance provided for foreign trade will, from now on, include a guarantee against the risk of the Arab boycott. For several years, French companies which negotiated with Arab states were told by the French Guarantee Fund that, in case of damages which would occur because of the Arab boycott against Israel, no insurance would be given.

Today, the French told the Israel Embassy here that, after a long study, instructions had been given to guarantee against the risk of the Arab boycott. Israel diplomats have sought the latest French announcement for several years. Reliable sources said that French Finance Minister Michel Debre and Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville gave their full agreement to this decision.

In a related development, it was announced here today that the French singer, Maria Vincent, was deported from Algeria a day after she arrived in Algiers, after being told that she was on the Arab League blacklist for singing in Israel. The blonde singer had to spend the night in a police station before she was sent back to France. Several months ago, another singer, Dalida, was barred from Morocco for the same reason.

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