Death of Shimon Peres: Francois Hollande Praises one of the “most ardent defenders of peace”

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Francois Hollande Praises Shimon Peres

ISRAEL:  The greatest politicians of the world have unanimously praised the work and commitment of this “peace builder” …

He was one of the historical figures of the Middle East, a strong advocate of peace. The death of Shimon Peres has provoked many reactions worldwide. Several politicians have quickly paid tribute to the former Israeli president, unanimously praising his commitment in favor of peace .

French President Francois Hollande , said Israel lost “one of its most illustrious statesmen, one of its most ardent defenders of peace, and France has lost a faithful friend.”  “Shimon Peres now belongs to history, which was the companion of his long life,” wrote the president in a statement.

Manuel Valls , meanwhile, paid tribute to a “conscience for humanity, a tireless builder of peace just left us … The world is in mourning,” wrote the Prime Minister on his Twitter account.

“An unshakable fortitude and unwavering optimism,” according to Obama

“Tonight, Michelle and I join all those who, in Israel , the United States and around the world pay tribute to the extraordinary life of our dear friend Shimon Peres, a founding father of the State of Israel and a statesman whose commitment to safety and the search for peace was based on its unwavering fortitude and unwavering optimism, “said US President Barack Obama , noting that Peres had never stopped believing in the possibility of peace.

Former President Bill Clinton regrets “a genius with a big heart”

Former US President Bill Clinton , who in 1993 oversaw the signing in Washington of the Oslo Accords between Israelis and Palestinians , paid tribute to “a genius with a heart” and “a fervent advocate of peace, reconciliation and a future in which all children of Abraham would build a better tomorrow.”

“Someone I loved deeply,” says Tony Blair

For the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair , former envoy of the Quartet for the Middle East, “Peres was a giant in politics, a statesman who will be remembered as one of the greatest of our time and of all times, and someone I loved deeply. ”

“A life in the service of peace and reconciliation,” said the German president

The President of Germany , Joachim Gauck, has he stressed that “Shimon Peres marked Israel as any other policy.” “He served his country in various roles with solid principles when it came to Israel’s security, and a strong will when it came to advancing the peace process with the Palestinians.” For Joachim Gauck , “his life in the service of peace and reconciliation can be an example for young people .”

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