French premier pushes Mideast initiative with Palestinians

France's prime minister said Tuesday that peace between Israelis and the Palestinians is also important for security in Europe.

Manuel Valls made the comments following a meeting with his Palestinian counterpart in Ramallah.

"We know we, as French and Europeans, we know that our own security, our own stability depends on peace, the region's peace, peace between Israelis and Palestinians," he said.

France is hosting a peace conference in Paris in June in hopes of reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The country has suffered from a series of attacks by Islamist radicals.

Valls has been visiting the region in a bid to raise support for the...