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300 Egyptian Jews Arrive in France; French Foreign Ministry Believed Aided Project

Three hundred Jews of Egypt have arrived in France and been taken under the wing of the welfare service of the Fond Sociale Jull Unifie, the major central Jewish communal organization in France, the FSJU announced today. The refugees left Egypt with travel documents delivered to Cairo authorities by the French consular officials there as part of a diplomatic intervention on the Jews’ behalf by the French Foreign Ministry. Last July it was reported that the last 73 Jewish prisoners in Egypt and 36 non-prisoners had been permitted to leave the country secretly with French passports. It was reported then that 1,800 Jews had left Egypt since the Six-Day War three years earlier through the diplomatic intervention of the French and Spanish governments. Last July there were believed to be 900-1,000 Jews in Egypt. The FSJU welfare bureau said today that a total of some 2,000 North African Jews had reached France during the first 10 months of 1970, plus 120 refugees from Eastern Europe, mainly Poland. Most of them are stateless and have been supplied with travel documents and identification papers by the French High Commission for Refugees.

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