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Israel to France: Renounce Orange CEO's comments supporting boycott

Israel's Ambassador to France called on the Elysee Palace on Thursday to renounce comments made by Orange CEO Stephane Richard expressing his wish to end ties with Israel over its policies in the Palestinian territories.

French telecom operator Orange, which has an affiliate agreement with the Israeli firm Partner, is one of Israel's largest cellular service providers. The chief executive of the major European cell phone company said on Wednesday he would gladly sever ties with Israel "tomorrow" if it wasn't so financially prohibitive.

Israeli Ambassador to France Yossi Gal spoke with the Foreign and Finance Ministries in Paris to try and persuade the French government to distance themselves from the boycott remarks, Israel's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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