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French president begins talks with Israeli PM to avert escalation of violence in Gaza

Last modified: 15 Nov 2012 23:00

French President Francois Hollande has begun talks with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other world leaders to avert an escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Jean-Francois Ayrault said on Thursday.

"It's time to stop this escalation, which is dangerous for the security of Israel and its people and for that of the Palestinian people," Ayrault told reporters during a visit to Berlin. France had made "direct contact" with Netanyahu and Egyptian Prime Minister Mohamed Mursi, he added.

- Reuters