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FRENCH FOR­EIGN Min­is­ter Bernard Kouch­ner con­firmed that Paris had held in­for­mal talks with Ha­mas. His state­ment fol­lowed a re­port in the Le Fi­garo news­pa­per in which re­tired French diplo­mat Yves Au­bin de la Mes­suziere said he had met Ha­mas of­fi­cials a month ago. Ha­mas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri con­firmed the con­tacts, which con­tra­vene a West­ern em­bargo on ne­go­ti­a­tions with the group.

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