MK Elie Elalouf (Kulanu), chairman of the Israel-France Parliamentary Friendship Group, met at the Knesset on Wednesday with French Member of Parliament Jean-François Copé.

Copé, a senior politician who is running for the chairmanship of the Republicans party, criticized the French peace initiative, asserting it was ineffective and a waste of public money.

MK Elalouf said there was no alternative to direct negotiations, and that mediation by a third party is not necessarily useful.

MK Elalouf meets with French MP Copé