Radio France Internationale began broadcasting in Israel on Sunday, becoming the first international radio station to be aired on the country's cable and satellite channels.
The station is currently transmitted to 74 countries in the world.
RFI is a public radio station broadcasting international news and other programs from France to the entire world, 24 hours a day. The station was founded in 1975 for the French-speaking audience, but began offering foreign language services over the years.
The station will now provide some 700,000 French speakers in Israel with news, updates and programs on politics, economy, health and sports broadcast from Paris. Yes subscribers can listen to the station on Channel 71, and HOT users – on Channel 87.
RFI Director Geneviève Goëtzinger, who arrived in Israel to launch the station, said that "from a strategic point of view, it's very important for us to be the first international French radio station in Israel.
"Our goal is to cover international and local news from a French point of view, while distributing French values and culture in an independent, decent, reliable and pluralistic way."