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France hopes for release of its hostages after Israel, Hamas truce

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France on Wednesday welcomed the Israel-Hamas truce deal, hailing the work of Qatar in securing the agreement and saying it hoped that French nationals would be among the hostages released.

“We hope that there are French” among the hostages that Hamas will free, Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said on France Inter radio, adding “we hope so and we’re working hard toward it.”

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Eight French citizens have been missing since the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel and for the moment, it is not known if all of them are being held hostage. “We have to distinguish between the cases that we are certain about and others,” Colonna said.

Welcoming the deal as “a moment of real hope,” she hailed “particularly the work of Qatar” in clinching it after weeks of tortuous talks.

Colonna also said that Israel must do more to protect the civilian population in Gaza.

“There have been too many deaths, we have been saying this for weeks,” she said.

Hamas gunmen carried out on October 7 a cross-border attack, the worst in Israel’s history, that left around 1,200 people dead, most of them civilians, according to the Israeli government.

An estimated 240 Israelis and foreigners were taken hostage, among them elderly people and young children.

In retaliation, Israel launched a major bombing campaign and ground offensive in Gaza, which the Hamas government said has killed 14,100 people, mostly civilians and thousands of them children.

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