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France Presses for Israeli Explanation to End Row

France said Tuesday it was still waiting for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to explain a call for French Jews to emigrate immediately to Israel, but signaled it wanted to end the diplomatic row quickly. A day after France put on hold an invitation for Sharon to visit Paris until he explains his comments, France and Israel both said the row arose from a misunderstanding and an Israeli official said Israel was preparing to offer “clarifications.” French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said France wanted to move on from the dispute to focus its diplomatic efforts in the Middle East on seeking peace. Full Story

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