The conference entitled "Thirty years after the signing of the Oslo Accords, a look at Palestine" was due to take place at Lyon's City Hall tomorrow.
Hamouri was deported from Israel to France a month ago after spending several months in prison after being accused of being a "terrorist" by the occupation state. The Palestinian lawyer had worked tirelessly to highlight the plight of Palestinians living under occupation as part of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.
"I do it in my role as mayor who must ensure civil peace and harmony in the city," Doucet said, stressing that he regretted not being able to "guarantee the freedom of expression in a context marked with an outbreak of violence in Israel."
"There was very strong verbal violence, a form of intimidation… and I must do everything so that the violence suffered there is not imported here," Doucet said.
The occupation deported French-Palestinian human rights lawyer Salah Hamouri to France on December 18.
Hamouri, 37, a lifelong Jerusalem resident, was most recently detained by Israel under administrative detention without charge on March 7 until Dec. 1.
Israel revoked Hamouri's residency on December 1 on charges that he was active in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, classified by Israel and its Western allies as a terror group.