Sarkozy wants enlarged forum for Mideast peace

PARIS  — President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday that he will host the Israeli and Palestinian leaders next month as he seeks a more active role for European and Mediterranean countries in the Middle East peace process.
Sarkozy met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas amid questions about the fate of recently restarted peace talks. He said Abbas, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would come to Paris in October to prepare a November summit of Mediterranean countries.