Paris will host a meeting of foreign ministers at the end of May to set the stage for a peace conference later in the summer.
He has been on good terms with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, played poker regularly with well-known French singer and actor Patrick Bruel and is close friends with a champion French boxer. But French businessman Arnaud Mimran is now accused of being one of the organisers of the 'hold-up of the century' - a carbon trading scam that in total cost French taxpayers 1.6 billion euros. He is also suspected of having organised the kidnapping of a wealthy Swiss financier, while his name has been cited in connection with several unsolved murders. Fabrice Arfi reports.
Stéphane Richard insisted his comment that Orange wanted to disengage from its Israeli partner was purely a business matter and not political.
Laurent Fabius said he was against 'any boycott of Israel' after claims that French mobile operator's exit from Israel was a 'miserable statement'.
Monique Canto-Sperber banned Palestinian rights group meetings at the Ecole Normale Supérieur, one featuring 'Time for Outrage' author.
Paris aims to use resolution to spur talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a step that the United States resisted last year.
Israeli intelligence minister in last-minute meetings with top French diplomats involved in the talks over Tehran's nuclear programme.
Vote does not affect France's diplomatic stance but is part of growing effort from Europe to find new ways to push for peace in Middle East.
MPs in National Assembly will take part in 'symbolic' vote on Palestine but French government itself will not 'act alone' and recognise state.
The International Committee of the Red Cross calls it “a major problem”, while the United Nations says it has no idea of the numbers involved. The one thing that is certain is that at least hundreds of families in Gaza are still looking for relatives who have disappeared without trace following the 50-day Israeli offensive that began in July. For some, the answer may lie beneath the rubble of destroyed buildings that still litter the land. But there is also speculation that other missing Palestinians may be detained in Israel, or have met death as they fled by sea to Europe. Mediapart’s Middle East and North Africa affairs correspondent Pierre Puchot reports from Gaza on an enduring mystery that has become something of a taboo.
So far 4,566 Jews have left France for Israel this year, driven by country's poor economy and 'climate of anti-Semitism that is losing its taboo'.
French foreign minister directed strong criticism against Israel's for its 'slaughter of civilians' in the continuing offensive in Gaza.
Heavily-policed event attracted up to 6,000 people in front of the Israeli embassy in the French capital amid rising inter-communal tensions.
From his alignment with the Israeli far-right to the banning of demonstrations in solidarity with the Palestinian people, and the suggestion that this show of solidarity is in fact anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Zionism, French President François Hollande has lost his way, writes Mediapart editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel. In this opinion article presented as an open letter to the head of state, he argues that Hollande has adopted a position of incoherence and hypocrisy that will bring him no political gain and which ignores the lessons of history.