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French president and Israeli PM meet

by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2012-11-02

French president Francois Hollande and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

French president Francois Hollande and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

French president Francois Hollande has said France will not allow anti-semitism to go unchallenged.

In a speech with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a Jewish school in Toulouse where three children and a rabbi were murdered in March, Hollanded said: "“We will relentlessly combat anti-Semitism, also on social networks where haters may have anonymity."

Addressing Netanyahu in his first visit to France since Hollande was elected as president he added: “Every time a Jew is targeted because he or she is Jewish, it concerns Israel. That is the meaning of your presence here, which I understand,”

The speech came as French authorities admitted failure in their part which saw 23-year-old Muslim radical Mohamed Merah kill the four Jews on March 19 at Toulouse's Otzar Hatorah school as well as three French soldiers.

"Anybody who doesn’t respect the human rights of Jews will not respect the human rights of other peoples.” said Netanyahu. "It was not accident that the killer of Toulouse killed not only Jews but also French soldiers, Christian and Muslim alike."