My Mideast Punchlines: Orange blossoming again …

PARIS –The head of French telecoms group Orange, Stephane Richard, said Monday he was “radically opposed” to any trade boycott of Israel after he sparked a row last week by saying he wanted to “withdraw” from Israel as soon as possible.

“It was never the question for a second that Orange would withdraw from Israel,” he told French TV station BFMTV.

Small FistWell, well, it looks as if our Stephane is ducking out of a confrontation with Israel. Duck a l’orange, you might say. Nice to see that relations are blossoming again.

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