France to vote for recognising Palestinian state

France’s National Assembly will vote on a largely symbolic resolution in favour of recognising a Palestinian state.

France hopes it could help end the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, officials said.

Approval by the lower and more powerful chamber of parliament would send a signal to President François Hollande’s Socialist government, which has the final say. Hollande supported “international recognition” of a Palestinian state on the campaign trail two years ago, and parliamentary leaders have recently consulted foreign minister Laurent Fabius on the matter.

The National Assembly will vote on the resolution on November 28.

Government spokesman Stephane Le Foll suggested that even if parliament supports recognition of a Palestinian state, France would only act as part of a broad international effort to help end years of violence and conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

“The government’s responsibility is not just to recognise a state — a Palestinian state. It’s to make sure that it’s recognised on an international scale,” he said.


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