FRANCE-PARIS-MARCH AGAINST EXTREMISMThe socialist government of French President Francois Hollande did not want Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take part in Sunday’s mass rally in Paris against terrorism, according to Israeli media reports. Netanyahu aides denied Israeli press reports that the premier felt compelled to attend partly because two of his domestic political rivals in the March 17 Israeli elections, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, had announced their participation. Israel Channel 2, which generally takes an anti-Netanyahu line, reported that the French had signaled his presence would be divisive.  Only after Netanyahu said he would go did Hollande call to invite him, the Israeli media reported. Relations between the Israeli and French governments have been tense. France has played a vanguard role in backing the Palestinians at the UN Security Council. Hollande has been further irked by Netanyahu’s recent calls for French Jews to emigrate to Israel. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told Jeffrey Goldberg, another Netanyahu critic at The Atlantic magazine that, “If 100,000 Jews leave, France will no longer be France. The French Republic will be judged a failure.” More