French FM meets with soldiers' families

Kidnapped troops' relatives: France is "best chance" for negotiating release.

Relatives of the three kidnapped IDF soldiers met Thursday with French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy to try to enlist France's help in securing the soldiers' release. Malka Goldwasser, mother of kidnapped soldier Ehud Goldwasser, said she was confident France would be able to negotiate her son's release through diplomatic channels. "I have full confidence in France's abilities," she said. Following the meeting in Paris, Douste-Blazy told journalists that France was "exploring all channels to obtain information about the soldiers." Earlier, President Jacques Chirac said in a statement that he was "personally committed" to the issue. At a news conference Wednesday, the families of the three soldiers cited France's historic connections with Lebanon, saying they felt France provided the "best chance" to obtain the soldiers' freedom - or at least news that they were well.