Netanyahu in Paris commemorates 75th anniversary of the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup

While in Paris, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participated in the ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup. Netanyahu will sit down with French President Emmanuel Macron later today before heading to Hungary in order to meet with other European leaders.
The Netanyahus leaving Israel for Paris Photo Credit: Haim Zach/GPO

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Paris on Saturday night along with his wife Sara. On Sunday, the two attended the ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, the mass deportation of French Jews in July 1942.

Netanyahu was invited to participate in the ceremony by France’s newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron. The two leaders will meet later today in order to discuss several topics. This will be the first time that Netanyahu and Macron sit down together for a meeting since the latter was elected in May.

“This evening, I’m heading to Paris to meet with President Macron,” Netanyahu said at the airport ahead of his departure. “We will be taking part tomorrow in a very moving ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Paris Jews to the death camps. This was the first step in the widespread extermination of the French Jews.”

Netanyahu’s next stop on his 5-day foreign tour is Hungary, where he will meet with Hungarian, Polish, Czech and Slovakian leaders. “We are strengthening the ties with the countries of the five continents: Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America,” Netanyahu continued. “But it is also very important to us to improve the relations with the countries in Europe.”

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