French FM: France leaning towards supporting Palestinian international recognition bid

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius indicated on Thursday it would support efforts by the Palestinians to secure a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations in a quest for greater international recognition.


"I would like to remind you of campaign pledge number 59 of ... President Francois Hollande, which said that there would be an international recognition of a Palestinian state," Fabius told members of the French Senate. A French government source said the comment was intended to indicate that France was leaning towards voting for the Palestinian request. (Reuters)