PARIS (Apr. 9)
Israel has protested to the municipality of Royan against the anti-Israel films shown at last week’s film festival. The protest was conveyed by Israeli Ambassador to France Asher Ben Natan in a letter to the city’s Mayor, Jean de Lipkovsky, a former Gaullist deputy minister for foreign affairs.
Town Hall opposition sources told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the protest was conveyed to Lipkovsky even before the festival opened and when its program became known. According to these sources Lipkovsky replied saying the festival will try to maintain an “objective” attitude. In spite of these promises violently anti-Israeli films were shown throughout its seven days duration.