Netanyahu to France: Renounce the miserable actions of Orange

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on France Thursday to distance itself from comments made by the CEO of French Telecom giant Orange which were perceived in Israel as being in support of a boycott against the Jewish state.

"I call on the French Government to renounce publicly the miserable statements and the miserable actions of a company of which it holds partial ownership," he said.

Orange CEO Stephane Richard said Wednesday he wanted to cut ties with Israeli mobile firm Partner, even though there was a huge risk of financial penalties from doing so, and that the decision was in part due to the firm’s relations with Arab countries. The French government owns 25% of Orange and it is under pressure to pull out of its Israeli activities because Partner operates in the West Bank.


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