France wants to work quickly with US on Mideast

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Tuesday he hopes to work quickly with the new US administration on settling Mideast tensions. But Kouchner also told France-Info radio that France and Europe should not wait for US President-elect Barack Obama to "solve all our problems" and should continue diplomatic efforts after 22 days of violence in Gaza. Kouchner said interview that he knew key players in the incoming administration and that he wanted to cooperate "very quickly" with Obama's choice for secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.