Macron vows action after 13 citizens killed in Israel, prosecutors launch probe

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French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that 13 French citizens had been killed by Palestinian militia Hamas in an Oct 7 attack on Israel and he vowed to do everything to bring back 17 other French nationals who still have not been accounted for.

Speaking in a national television address, Macron said Hamas was a terrorist organization which wanted the death of Israel’s people and that the only way to resolving the crisis was security guarantees for Israel along with the creation of a state of Palestine.

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French anti-terror prosecutors on Thursday said they had opened a terrorism probe into the attack by Hamas that has killed French citizens.

The probe is into murder, attempted murder and kidnapping, including of minors, by a “terrorist organization”, National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutors (PNAT) said in a statement.

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