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Macron welcomes French-Israeli hostage release

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Macron welcomes French-Israeli hostage release
Mia Shem with her mother and brother at the Hatzerim air base. (Photo by GPO / AFP)

French President Emmanuel Macron has welcomed the release of French-Israeli hostage Mia Shem, while saying his country was working towards the liberation of all remaining hostages in Gaza.

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The release of Shem, 21, was "a great joy that I share with her family and all French people", Macron said on X, formerly Twitter.

"I also express my solidarity with all those who are still being held hostage by Hamas. France is working with its partners to obtain their release as soon as possible," he said.

Shem had been taken by Hamas at a music festival she attended on October 7th, and later appeared in a hostage video released by the militant group.

She was released along with another hostage, 40-year-old Amit Soussana, according to Israeli authorities.

Israel was due to release more Palestinian prisoners in turn, before combat operations restarted on Friday morning, marking the end of an extended pause in fighting. 

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