France to Back Palestinian Statehood

    Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas gestures to the crowd as he gives a speech at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on November 25, 2012, where he said he was "fully confident" ahead of a fresh attempt to seek upgraded Palestinian status at the United Nations on November 29. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI        (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    French officials said on Tuesday that they would back nonmember status for Palestine at the United Nations—one of the strongest endorsements of Palestinian statehood yet. Palestine dramatically applied for statehood at the U.N. last year, but was stopped by U.S. opposition and has instead applied for a lesser status as a nonmember. But nonmember status would implicitly recognize Palestinian statehood and would grant it access to international ruling bodies such the International Criminal Court in The Hague—where Palestine could file complaints against Israel.

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