Despite French denial, Hamas confirms talks held

A Hamas official confirmed on Monday that France had held secret talks with its representatives on behalf of the European Union, thereby showing cracks in the policy of isolating the new Palestinian government. The Palestinian source further claimed that France was attempting to improve relations between the European Community and the group that Israel had urged countries to reject. French Ambassador to Israel Gerard Araud previously refuted the allegations made in a report submitted to officials in Jerusalem, Army Radio reported. The Foreign Ministry announced that it planned clarification talks with France and all other countries who allegedly engaged in consultations with the Hamas-led government.