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France to back Palestinian state if peace talks fail

by Reuters
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius delivers a speech during a debate on Palestine status at the National Assembly in Paris on Friday. Photo - Reuters
France warned on Friday it would recognise a Palestinian state if a final international effort to overcome the impasse between Israelis and Palestinians failed

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