Guests included French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog.
PARIS – Security was especially tight around the elegant Paris Municipality building last night as top French politicians, intellectuals and Jewish community figures gathered to mark two decades since the assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Scheduled to take place in November, the ceremony was postponed following that month’s terrorist attacks in the city, and also because of the COP21 international climate conference held 10 days later.
The guests included French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog and former Labor Party director-general and ambassador to France Nissim Zvili. French journalist Claire Chazal hosted the evening, telling the audience about her experiences broadcasting from Jerusalem shortly after the assassination.
The Paris Municipality said the ceremony was “very important to us.”
“It is a joint project that continues the ceremony we had 10 years ago, and it is especially meaningful in view of the close ties between Paris and its twin cities Tel Aviv and Haifa,” a municipal spokeswoman told The Jerusalem Post.