France thanks Netanyahu for agreeing to release Frenchman

December 15, 2011 20:22

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe thanked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Thursday for agreeing to release a French national as part of the second stage of the Gilad Schalit exchange.

Salah Hassan Hamouri, a recidivist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist, was convicted in 2005 for plotting the assassination of Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Hamouri holds French citizenship.

"Since 2009, President Sarkozy has been expressing the hope that Mr. Salah Hamouri would be granted early release... France appreciates this gesture by the Israeli Prime Minister and government," Juppe said.

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