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French Premier Says His Government Will Combat Anti-semitism and Racism

Premier Laurent Fabius today assured the president of the Representative Council of Major Jewish Organizations in France, Theo Klein, that his government will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism and racism. Fabius also told Klein that his administration is determined to continue improving its relations with Israel.

Fabius reportedly said he hoped that the forth-coming visit to France of Israeli Premier Shimon Peres will also help to consolidate relations between the two countries.

Peres is scheduled to arrive in France December 4 for a three-day official visit and will remain for three more days as the guest of the French Jewish community. He will be welcomed at Orly Airport by Fabius and will be the lunch guest of President Francois Mitterrand at the Elysee Palace.

Fabius and Klein discussed today the implications of Peres’ visit and also reviewed France’s policy in the Middle East.