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November 21, 2006
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Anti-Semitic attacks in France have dropped drastically because of a number of government initiatives, France’s foreign minister claimed. “We have obtained real results” since launching a crackdown in 2002, Dominique de Villepin said in remarks delivered to a World Jewish Congress gathering Nov. 12 and released Monday by the French Foreign Ministry.

Israel’s ambassador to France praised French-Israeli relations in his first news conference in Paris. Danny Shek acknowledged media characterizations that relations were in a chilly period, but argued Monday that dialogue between France and Israel in fact is “better than ever before” and that Israel “does not regret the European and French role in the postwar period in southern Lebanon.”

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