French President François Hollande said that former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday, was "a major player in the history of his country."

"Ariel Sharon, former prime minister of Israel, was a major player in the history of his country. After a long military and political career, he chose to turn to dialogue with Palestinians."

"I extend my
sincere condolences to his family and the people of Israel," he adds.


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