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educated at: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Arts of Paris
occupation: historian, diplomat, writer, university teacher
award received: Grand prix de la francophonie, prix Montaigne de Bordeaux, Officer of the Legion of Honour, Officer of the French Order of Academic Palms
position held: ambassador of Israel to France, ambassador
Élie Barnavi (born 1946) is an Israeli historian and diplomat, who was the Israeli ambassador to France between 2000 and 2002. Born in Bucharest he moved as a child to Tel Aviv, Israel. He authored some fifteen books on France and Europe in the turmoil of the Religious Wars and on the contemporary history of Israel and of the Jewish people. He published numerous studies in professional journals in Europe, the US and Canada, as well as political articles in the Israeli and European press.
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