French envoy in Israel: Paris has indirect contact with Hamas

French Ambassador to Israel Jean-Michel Casa said Thursday that his country was holding indirect talks with Hamas. The envoy told Kol al-Arab, a newspaper printed in Nazareth, that Paris had different contacts and connections through indirect channels with Hamas. An example of such contact, the ambassador said, was a letter written by captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit that was given to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.