France and Israel share terrorism as their “common enemy”, declared Emmanuel Macron in Jerusalem today, during a visit which coincides with the French government’s toughest crackdown on immigration and asylum in decades.

During a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Macron stressed that freeing nine French hostages currently trapped in Gaza was a priority for Paris while proposing that leaders draw on the experience of a coalition formed in 2014 to fight Islamic State to help fight against Hamas.