France's Macron urges resumption of Mideast peace talks

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Netanyahu is set to meet Macron at the Elysee palace later this afternoon for the two leaders' first formal meeting. Mr Barnavi is active in the Middle East peace process. Fewer than 100 of the 13,000 Jews survived and all 4,000 Jewish children were murdered. The incident is named after the Vélodrome d'Hiver stadium, an indoor cycling track where the victims were temporarily held before deportation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara board the plane for Paris.

Mr Netanyahu said that "recently we have witnessed a rise of extremist forces that seek to destroy not only the Jews, but of course the Jewish state as well, but well beyond that". "It seems the values of the French revolution - equality, fraternity, liberty - was crushed brutally under the boot of anti-Semitism", Mr Netanyahu told an audience in Paris, which included Jewish groups and Holocaust survivors.

Mr Macron
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Mr Macron called it a "natural gesture" to invite Netanyahu.

When it obtained the text of the deal, Israeli officials said they were dismayed to discover that it had nearly entirely ignored Israel's security concerns and have been pressing both American and Russian officials on the topic. I am here today to tell all French Jews and Jews around the world "Never Again.' We fought against the Vichy government and its bad actions".

The episode remains controversial in France.

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In April, Marine Le Pen said: "France, as a nation, is not responsible for" what happened at Vel d'Hiv, prompting Macron, who was then running for president against the far-right leader of the National Front party, to visit a Holocaust monument in protest of her statement.

The French presidency said Sunday's meeting would be an occasion to "signal our lack of complacency towards Iran".

Mr Netanyahu is in France during a five-day day trip to Europe. In January 2015, an attack on a kosher supermarket on the outskirts of Paris left four Jewish customers dead. He pointed out that he spoke both with Jordan's King Abdullah and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas after the attack, and they both condemned it.

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Netanyahu, who is looking to turn a new page with France after resisting attempts led a year ago by Macron's predecessor Francois Hollande to restart the peace process via an global conference, said Israel and France shared a desire to see "a stable and peaceful Middle East".

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