French FM: Nothing can justify Israeli settlement expansion

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Friday that "nothing justifies" Israeli settlement expansion, and urged Israel to do more to lift restrictions on Palestinian movement in the West Bank. Kouchner was speaking at the closing session of an investors' conference in Bethlehem, where Palestinians had sought backing for nearly $2 billion in development projects, from fish farms to a new city of 25,000. Kouchner said Israeli restrictions on Palestinian mobility remain significant. "Israel should and can exert more efforts (to ease the restrictions) without endangering security," he said.