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Paris - France's Macron Regrets Trump's 'Unilateral' Jerusalem Decision

Published on: December 6, 2017 04:00 PM
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FILE - French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump attend the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Charles PlatiauFILE - French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump attend the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday he did not support U.S. President Donald Trump’s “unilateral” decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and called for calm across the region.

“This decision is a regrettable decision that France does not approve of and goes against international law and all the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council,” Macron told reporters at a news conference in Algiers.

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Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said he would move the embassy to the city, despite warnings from around the world that the gesture further drives a wedge between Israel and the Palestinians.

“The status of Jerusalem is a question of international security that concerns the entire international community. The status of Jerusalem must be determined by Israelis and Palestinians in the framework of negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations,” he said.

Macron, who has developed a good working relationship with Trump since taking office in May, spoke to the U.S. leader earlier this week to try to convince him to change his mind.

“France and Europe are attached to a two-state solution - Israel and Palestine - leaving side by side in peace and security within recognized international borders with Jerusalem the capital of both states,” he said, adding that Paris was ready to work with partners to find a solution.

He called for calm.

“For now, I urge for calm and for everyone to be responsible. We must avoid at all costs avoid violence and foster dialogue,” he said.



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 Dec 06, 2017 at 04:14 PM AmYisroel Says:

who cares what the french frog has to say

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 04:21 PM amerikaner Says:

Sorry Mr Macron - this was not Trump's decision - this American LAW was passed by the Full Congress of the United States of America in 1995. You were too young to remember this LAW since you were a little boy still - 22 years ago. But every President since then did not obey the LAW of the United States and President Trump had the "courage" to come out and remind us of this LAW.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 04:21 PM Moone Says:

“unilateral”?! Since when does a sovereign country need to consult with France before making policy? Their European/French arrogance is encasing them in a bubble that unwarped minds would never think of.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 05:18 PM BoruchH Says:

Of course Europe doesn't like President Trump's decision. There are many more Muslims in Europe than America -- fear or votes.
Of course Fatach & Hamas hate it. It signals a possible income loss.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 05:48 PM Educated Archy Says:

Mr Macron why don't you regret the fact that jews are fleeing Paris in droves thanks to the lovely peaceful muslim immigrants of that city?

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 05:59 PM Shemenzeiszoch Says:

This loser thinks he will spare himself a terror attack by siding with the Islamic murderers he'll get a rude awakening as he's got in the past

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 06:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Don't need name calling but France a beautiful country has always been to liberal for its own good. Should have cut off Arab migration years ago. Too many no go area in France for French Police or Fire departments because of bowing down to the arab. Do care what they say

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 06:05 PM lipa21 Says:

does France think some other country will have to tell her who her capital is and if the Eiffel Tower belongs to France?

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 06:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Macron had to say that, as he is afraid of his peace loving Arab residents rioting, and perpetrating atrocities, in his country!

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 08:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Macron is paying lip service to the majority terrorist residents of his country in an attempt to kiss up and try to keep them Fromm committing more attacks. Shameful and cowardly. He should take A lesson from the courage of Mr. Trump.

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 Dec 06, 2017 at 11:35 PM Eddie30 Says:

Please bear in mind Macron is president of one of the most populus muslim countries in the world!

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 12:05 AM Curiosity Says:

Paris belongs to the Muslims. Jerusalem does not. Mind your own business Frenchie.

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 12:38 AM Greener Says:

Reply to #1  
AmYisroel Says:

who cares what the french frog has to say

You should avoid using the expression "french frog". This is a pleonasm, and thus is not very good writing style - in my humble opinion.

"ple·o·nasm/ˈplēəˌnazəm/noun
the use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning (e.g., see with one's eyes ), either as a fault of style or for emphasis."

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 01:36 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Shemenzeiszoch Says:

This loser thinks he will spare himself a terror attack by siding with the Islamic murderers he'll get a rude awakening as he's got in the past

hes not siding with the murderers. Hes siding with the world. Every sane person is dead against it besides people with personal agendas. fact.

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 02:06 AM I agree Says:

There's no need for any analysis or discussion. #1 hit the nail on the head.

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 12:01 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

hes not siding with the murderers. Hes siding with the world. Every sane person is dead against it besides people with personal agendas. fact.

The "sane" people of th world have been against Israel since its formation. Look at how many UN resolutions were passed against Israel. When it comes to jews there are no sane people.

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