hollande due in israel on friday to attend peres funeral
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Hollande due in Israel on Friday to attend Peres funeral

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French President Francois Hollande
Paris - Arab Today

French President Francois Hollande will head for Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres.

Hollande said Peres - who died aged 93 - is a staunch defender of peace.

Peres suffered a stroke two weeks ago and his condition improved before a sudden deterioration on Tuesday.

His son Chemi led tributes to "one of the founding fathers of the state of Israel" who "worked tirelessly" for it.

Peres, who was one of the last of a generation of Israeli politicians present at the new nation's birth in 1948, served twice as the country's prime minister and once as president.

He won the Nobel Peace prize in 1994 for his role negotiating peace accords with the Palestinians a year earlier.

He once said the Palestinians were Israel's "closest neighbours" and might become its "closest friends".

Peres died in a hospital near Tel Aviv early on Wednesday, with his family at his bedside.

He had been in the intensive care unit of the Sheba Medical Centre after suffering a major stroke on 13 September.

Source: MENA

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