June 20
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Israel has not given France a response to Paris' proposals to reduce tensions between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, Reuters reported, citing a French foreign ministry spokesman.

‘We have received a relatively positive response from the Lebanese, but I think at the moment we have not received any response from Israel,’ Christophe Lemoine told reporters at a daily briefing.

The written proposal also addresses long-term border issues and has been discussed with partners, including the United States.

Israel and Hezbollah have been launching increasingly large-scale daily strikes on Lebanon's borders in recent months, in parallel with the war in Gaza, raising fears of a widening regional conflict.

France has historical ties with Lebanon and has offered written proposals to both sides under which Hezbollah's elite unit would retreat 10 kilometers from the Israeli border and Israel would cease strikes on southern Lebanon.

Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné visited Lebanon and Israel in April to support the French efforts, while Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz visited Paris earlier this month. Lebanon's foreign minister was in Paris for talks on Wednesday.

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