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France appoints first female Israel envoy

France appoints a new ambassador to Israel.

Hélène Le Gal is scheduled to replace Patrick Maisonnave, who has held the job since 2013.

Le Gal, who is expected to arrive in Tel Aviv in September, is set to become the first woman to hold the post. Having served in Israel in a diplomatic post in the 1990s, she most recently served as a foreign policy adviser to President Francois Hollande, focusing on Africa.

— Raphael Ahren

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