France confirms contacts with Hamas
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Monday that Paris had resumed contacts with Hamas. "It would be hard to say the contrary," Kouchner told Europe 1 radio when asked to confirm a report in Le Figaro newspaper on French contacts with Hamas.
According to AFP, Kouchner defended the contacts as essential for French diplomacy in the region, while insisting they remained limited. "These are not relations, they are contacts," he said. "We are not the only ones to have them. We are not charged with any kind of negotiation."
He added: "We have to be able to talk if we want to play a role, if we want our emissaries to be able to get into Gaza."