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* France stands by Israel in its fight against Palestinian terrorism, Nicolas Sarkozy said.

The French president sent Israel a letter of support following Monday’s suicide bombing in Dimona.

“On my behalf, and on behalf of the French nation, I would like to send you my sincere condolences after the horrible terrorist attack which was once again aimed at the Israeli people,” read the letter, a copy of which was released by Israeli President Shimon Peres’ office. “My thoughts are with the victim’s families and with the wounded.

“Terror activities are unacceptable and France condemns them and will always condemn them in the most firm way,” Sarkozy said. “I would like to assure you that France remains on your side and will continue to do so in the battle against terror. My country will provide Israel with every support necessary to assist with your efforts to make the peace process succeed.”

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