TEL AVIV (Aug. 18)
A 22-man French parliamentary delegation wound up a ten-day visit to Israel this week-end and its leader said it was convinced that a French-Israel alliance would not only serve French and Israel national interests but also the cause of peace and freedom throughout the world.
Jacques Soustelle, former Governor-General of Algeria, leader of the delegation which came here at the invitation of the Israel Government, said at a reception here that the mission had surveyed the possibilities of such an alliance and would actively advocate it to the French public and leadership.
The delegation represented all democratic parties in the French Parliament but was unofficial in character. M, Soustelle and his associates had meetings with Premier Ben Gurion and other members of the government during their visit and explored the question of a formal alliance. They were told by the Israel Premier that he considered an alliance already existed between France and Israel and that a formal pact therefore was not necessary.