Paris 'strongly condemns aggression' against Israel: presidency

French President Francois Hollande waits for a guest on the steps of the Elysee Palace in Paris July 8 , 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS: France strongly condemns aggression against Israel and stands with the Jewish state in the face of rocket attacks from Gaza, the French president told the Israeli prime minister on Wednesday in a phone call.

Francois Hollande "expressed France's solidarity (with Israel) in the face of rocket fire from Gaza" and told Benjamin Netanyahu "that France strongly condemns these aggressions," said a statement from the French presidency.

Hollande also said that it was up to Israel "to take all measures to protect its population in the face of threats" but reminded the Israeli premier "of the need to prevent an escalation of violence."





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