Orange boss travels to Israel to apologise over 'boycott misunderstanding'

Stéphane Richard insisted his comment that Orange wanted to disengage from its Israeli partner was purely a business matter and not political.

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The chief executive of a French telecommunications company made an extraordinary personal pilgrimage to Israel on Friday to apologize to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after the executive’s recent declaration that he wanted to disentangle from an Israeli mobile provider prompted a diplomatic uproar, reports The New York Times.