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Former MP Meyer Habib in front of the LR offices in Paris on June 11, 2024.

“The friend” French of Benjamin Netanyahu has misplaced his seat. After a decade within the National Assembly, Meyer Habib (affiliated with LR) is not a deputy. The one who was some of the divisive members of the Chamber, the place he tirelessly defended the coverage of the Israeli proper and its chief, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he has been frequenting for 3 many years, misplaced on July 7 within the eighth constituency of French folks overseas, in opposition to a Renaissance candidate, Caroline Yadan, victorious with 52.7% of the vote.

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Having come out on high within the first spherical, Mr Habib suffered from a major turnout on this constituency that features eight international locations: Israel, Italy, Malta, San Marino, the Vatican, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey. Turnout was 24%, a determine which will appear paltry given the nationwide common. But with greater than 36,000 voters, it’s twice as giant as within the 2023 legislative by-election, referred to as after Mr Habib's election was invalidated for abuses in the course of the earlier 12 months's election marketing campaign.

Mr Habib gained a majority of the vote in Israel on July 7. But votes counted elsewhere, together with in Italy, price him his Yadan additionally benefited from a major switch of votes from the left, on the name of the candidate of the New Popular Front, Yaël Lerer, defeated within the first spherical.

A closeness with Eric Ciotti

In a video recorded in entrance of the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday night, Meyer Habib, well-known for his excesses, accused his competitor of getting “allied with the anti-Semitic far left.” Mme Yadan recommended for his half that his rival had benefited from the assist of the National Rally (RN), which didn’t current a candidate in his constituency.

During the marketing campaign, Meyer Habib had boasted of his closeness to Eric Ciotti and had spared the RN. Questioned Monday by the Israeli channel Kan, he pressured that “Marine Le Pen has doubled her seats. I am not in favor of her, but she is less bad than the extreme left that hates Israel. They have attracted the Arabs of France (…) who don't even know where Palestine and Jordan are on a map.”

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Following the assault by Hamas in southern Israel on October 7, 2023, and the beginning of the conflict in Gaza, Meyer Habib described the inhabitants of Gaza as an entire as ” cancer “. In the Chamber, he had given unqualified assist to the Israeli authorities's counteroffensive, which has up to now prompted the deaths of greater than 38,000 Palestinians in keeping with Gaza well being authorities. During the marketing campaign, in movies recorded alongside him, Mr. Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant supplied him their assist.

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