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PARIS – 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.