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Debre Indicates French Stand Firm on Mirage Embargo

June 14, 1968
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Michel Debre, France’s new Foreign Minister, declared in a radio interview that the balance of power in the Middle East should not be disturbed, in replying to a question about the reasons for the de Gaulle regime’s refusal to deliver to Israel 50 Mirage jet fighter planes which Israel ordered and paid for. President de Gaulle placed an embargo on shipment of the jets when the June war broke out last year. Justifying the French policy toward Israel, Debre asserted that “France wants to eliminate the causes of war and therefore our foreign policy will be maintained.”

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