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French Parliament debates recognizing Palestine, amid European frustration over Mideast

  • Head of the Palestinian Mission in France, Hael Al Fahoum, listens,  during a debate on the recognition of the Palestinian at the French Parliament in Paris, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. France’s government is pushing to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, amid growing pressure across Europe for recognition of a Palestinian state after decades of Mideast stalemate. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Head of the Palestinian Mission in France, Hael Al Fahoum, listens, during a debate on the recognition of the Palestinian at the French Parliament in Paris, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. France’s government is pushing to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, amid growing pressure across Europe for recognition of a Palestinian state after decades of Mideast stalemate. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, pauses during a debate on the recognition of the Palestinian at the French Parliament in Paris, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. France’s government is pushing to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, amid growing pressure across Europe for recognition of a Palestinian state after decades of Mideast stalemate. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, pauses during a debate on the recognition of the Palestinian at the French Parliament in Paris, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. France’s government is pushing to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, amid growing pressure across Europe for recognition of a Palestinian state after decades of Mideast stalemate. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, smiles during a debate on the recognition of the Palestinian at the French Parliament in Paris, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. France’s government is pushing to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, amid growing pressure across Europe for recognition of a Palestinian state after decades of Mideast stalemate. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, smiles during a debate on the recognition of the Palestinian at the French Parliament in Paris, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. France’s government is pushing to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, amid growing pressure across Europe for recognition of a Palestinian state after decades of Mideast stalemate. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

French legislators are debating whether to pressure the government to recogne a Palestinian state, in hopes that helps lead to lasting Middle East peace.

The debate in France's National Assembly on Friday comes amid growing European support for a Palestinian state. Many are frustrated with the deadlock in peace talks, and with the Israeli government's actions in Gaza and in supporting the growth of Jewish settlements.

French lawmakers are expected to approve a measure urging the government "to recognize the state of Palestine in view of reaching a definitive settlement to the conflict." The vote is next week.

French President Francois Hollande's government has the final say. Hollande has said he supports international recognition of a Palestinian state, and said Thursday that his government is pushing to revive peace talks.