France considers recognizing Palestinian state: envoy

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France and its European partners are considering giving formal recognition to a Palestinian state, France's UN envoy told the Security Council on Thursday.

"Recognition of the state of Palestine is one of the options which France is considering, with its European partners, with a view to creating a political horizon for relaunching the peace process," French ambassador Gerard Araud told a UN Security Council debate on the Middle East.

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