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Expulsion of French-Palestinian detainee 'clouds' relations with Israel, diplomats say

The French Foreign Ministry criticized Israel for deporting French-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri, shortly after ending his nine-months’ administrative detention, and without letting him appeal the expulsion.
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French diplomatic sources told Al-Monitor on Monday that the expulsion of Palestinian-French detainee Salah Hamouri has added to existing concerns in Paris and within the European Union leadership over the incoming ultra-Orthodox/far-right Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu.

The affair clouds Israel-French relations as Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to establish his new government, the sources said on condition of anonymity. 

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