Incident in a branch of the Institut français of Jerusalem- Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (22 March 2019)

Q : What is your response to yesterday’s incidents in Jerusalem where the Institut français was forced by the Israeli security forces to cancel an event?

A : Israeli security forces entered a branch of the Institut français in East Jerusalem yesterday without permission.

Such behavior constitutes a serious and unacceptable infringement of the functioning of our cultural network in Jerusalem. The Israeli chargé d’affaires in Paris has been summoned to the Quai d’Orsay today in connection with this issue for the necessary clarifications.

France intends to maintain and develop its close and longstanding relations with Palestinian civil society.