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France plans separate ceremonies to pay tribute to French victims in Israel and Gaza

France will provide an opportunity to remember French citizens killed in the Israeli bombardments of Gaza as the country prepares this week to pay tribute to citizens killed in the attack on Israel by Hamas on October 7, a presidential official said on Monday.

President Emmanuel Macron will on Wednesday host a major ceremony at the Invalides memorial complex in Paris in memory of the42 French citizens killed in the attack on Israel by the Palestinian militant group and three others still missing, believed to be held hostage.

Hamas's unprecedented October 7 attack on Israel resulted in the deaths of about 1,160 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on official figures. Militants also seized around 250 hostages, and Israel says 132 remain in Gaza including at least 28 believed to have been killed.

Israel launched a massive military offensive that has killed at least 27,365 people in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the Hamas-ruled territory's health ministry.

Describing such a tribute as a "time for remembrance", the official said the timing and shape of it would be announced later.


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