Macron hosts tribute today to 42 French victims of Hamas attack on Israel

France's President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, on February 5, 2024. (Ludovic MARIN / AFP)
France's President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, on February 5, 2024. (Ludovic MARIN / AFP)

President Emmanuel Macron is to hold a ceremony today paying tribute to the French victims of the attack by Hamas against Israel on October 7, with relatives of those killed and held hostage expected to attend.

The presidency also said this week that France will provide an opportunity to remember French citizens killed in the Israeli offensive in Gaza that followed the attack by the Palestinian terror group, without giving a date.

The ceremony at the Invalides memorial complex in Paris will pay tribute to the 42 French citizens killed in the attack on Israel by Hamas and the three others still missing, believed to be held hostage.

It will be attended by the victims’ families, many of whom are being brought to France on a special flight. Every French victim will be represented by a photograph with his or her name.

A presidential official, who asks not to be named, says the tribute will also be a time to remember the importance of the “fight against antisemitism and through it… all forms of hatred, racism and oppression of minorities.”

Israeli President Isaac Herzog was invited but will not be present for scheduling reasons, though representatives of the Israeli embassy in Paris will attend.

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