The French diplomatic official described the decision as a preventative security measure, and acknowledged it was a response to the attack on the U.K. mission. But he stressed the French embassy will remain open and declined to specify how many staffers will be sent home."
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To suggest that there are no hostilities now is fatuous. We must in such a world be willing to do what we can to prevent untoward events but at the same time limit ourselves rigorously to the lex talionis in the face of actual attacks. This law is one of strict proportionality and we have failed to observe it repeatedly. This should not be window dressing. It should be our actual policy.