France presents Israel, Palestinians with peace plan

Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Tuesday that France has presented the two sides with a proposal for an international peace conference.

France is preparing the conference to bring together the two parties and their American, European and Arab partners in order to revive the peace process. France has said it will recognize a Palestinian state if its efforts fail.

Palestinian official Ahmad Majdalani said France presented general ideas but no specifics about its plan to revive peace efforts. He said the Palestinians support the French initiative.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said French Ambassador to Israel Patrick Maisonnave met with a ministry official on Tuesday. He declined to elaborate on details of the meeting or whether Israel would agree to participate.