Just days before the second and final round of the French Presidential elections, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, fighting for his political life, sent a very warm letter to President Shimon Peres Thursday for Independence Day.

"Following the tragedy in Toulouse that brutally hit both our countries, I want to ensure you that the French authorities are determined to wage an all-out war against anti-Semitism," Sarkozy said of the recent attack that killed a rabbi and three children, two of them his own.  "That has always been my position, and it is well known to you."

Sarkozy said that at a time when there are major upheavals in the Middle East and "despotic regimes and those drenched with hatred constantly threaten your country," he wanted to assure Peres of his commitment to Israel's security.

"I still believe, now more than ever, that negotiations are always the preferred path so Israel can live in peace and security in the regions surrounding it," he wrote.

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