France to recognise Palestinian state at UNSubmitted by Bob-45 on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 20:15
Last updated 07:19 28/11/2012
France has announced that it plans to vote in favour of recognising a Palestinian state at the UN General Assembly this week.
With the announcement, France becomes the first major European country to come out in favour, dealing a setback to Israel. The timing of the announcement appears aimed at swaying other European nations.
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told parliament that France has long supported Palestinian ambitions for statehood and "will respond 'Yes'" when the issue comes up for a vote "out of a concern for coherency."