France to Investigate Consulate Employee Charged with Running Guns in Gaza, West Bank


The Times of Israel reports: France announced Monday it will investigate the case of an employee of its Jerusalem consulate who was indicted today for allegedly running guns from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.

In a statement, the French embassy said that French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (pictured), who is set to visit Israel next week, called for the investigation, noting that the chief inspector in the foreign ministry in Paris has been appointed to lead the probe.

According to an indictment filed in Beersheba District Court, Romain Franck, a 24-year-old driver for the consulate, was aware of the reduced security checks for vehicles with diplomatic license plates, which he allegedly used to illegally transport weapons out of Gaza and into the West Bank. In a Hebrew-language statement, the embassy said that the investigation “will poll all of the information at our disposal that relates to this affair.

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