Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in Paris in support of the Palestinians ahead of the upcoming arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a “working lunch” with French President Emmanuel Macron.
"Boycott Israel," "Third Intifada," the demonstrators, who gathered in Paris, chanted, while carrying Palestinian flags.
Paris République Avec la Palestine pic.twitter.com/ThMLNjyDcB— Samarcande K. (@Sa_marcande) 9 декабря 2017 г.
Posters depicting Benjamin Netanyahu as a "war criminal" and photographs of French President Emmanuel Macron marked "accomplice" have also been seen at the protest.
Netanyahu's visit comes in the wake of the recognition of Jerusalem as the official capital of the Jewish state by US President Donald Trump decision, described as "regrettable" by the French leader and condemned by all Arab countries.
A number of European states, including France that is one of the countries that support two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, have condemned Trump's decision and called on Washington to present detailed proposals for the Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told BFMTV that the US initiative "is at odds with international law."
In 2014, the French National Assembly passed a resolution calling for "the recognition of the State of Palestine" but the government's recognition has not officially followed.
The international community does not recognize the Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem and believes its status should be determined by a pact with the Palestinians, who seek to create their own state with the capital in Jerusalem.