French MPs recognise Palestine as state

PARIS: French lawmakers have voted 339 to 151 in favour of a symbolic motion to recognise Palestine as a state.
The National Assembly’s vote on Tuesday is likely to raise domestic political pressure on the French government to be more active on the issue.
While the vote is non-binding, Paris has in the past already made known that it plans to recognise a Palestinian nation “when the time comes”, arguing that a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict logically implies recognition of Palestine.
The text introduced by the ruling Socialists “invites the French government to use the recognition of the state of Palestine as an instrument to gain a definitive resolution of the conflict”.
The vote will likely anger Israel further after similar resolutions were approved by British MPs on October 13 and Spanish MPs on November 18. Sweden also voted to recognise Palestine as a state on October 30.
“Israel believes that the vote in the National Assembly … will reduce the possibility of achieving a deal between Israel and the Palestinians,” the Israeli embassy in Paris said in a statement less than an hour after the motion was passed.

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