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High representative of the European Union for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini, of Italy, sets up headphones Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014 prior to the debate on recognition of a Palestine statehood at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France.(AP Photo/Christian Lutz)
Demonstrators hold banners that read: "French Citizen for a Free Palestine", left, and "Palestine Live, Palestine Overcome", in Nice, southeastern France, Saturday, July 26, 2014, as they attend a Pro-Palestinian rally. A brief cease-fire Saturday in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas militants allowed thousands to return home to see the destruction. Palestinians walked through the concrete rubble that once used to be homes, collecting what keepsakes they could recover. Some openly wept when they saw what little remained. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
A pro-Palestinian demonstrator wears a mask reading "Palestine", during a demonstration in Paris, Saturday, July 19, 2014. Police have clashed with thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters who defied a ban in Paris on marching to protest the Israeli offensive in Gaza. Some of the protesters threw stones and other objects at riot police, who responded with rounds of tear gas. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators holding banners and chanting slogans walk in Paris, Saturday, July 19, 2014, to protest against the Israeli army's bombings in the Gaza strip. Sign reads: Palestine will live, Israel assassins. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
A pro-Palestinian demonstrator wears a T-shirt reading "Palestine will live", during a protest against the Israeli army's bombings in the Gaza strip, in Paris, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French far-right Front National member of Parliament Gilbert Collard attends a debate on November 28, 2014 in the French National Assembly in Paris, on a motion urging the government to recognise Palestine as a state, amid growing European frustration at the moribund Middle East peace process. The symbolic motion is expected to pass comfortably on December 2 when the lower house of parliament votes on the text proposed by the ruling Socialists. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
French righ-wing UMP member of Parliament Pierre Lellouche speaks during a debate on November 28, 2014 in the French National Assembly in Paris, on a motion urging the government to recognise Palestine as a state, amid growing European frustration at the moribund Middle East peace process. The symbolic motion is expected to pass comfortably on December 2 when the lower house of parliament votes on the text proposed by the ruling Socialists. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
French lawmakers attend a debate on November 28, 2014 in the French National Assembly in Paris, on a motion urging the government to recognise Palestine as a state, amid growing European frustration at the moribund Middle East peace process. The symbolic motion is expected to pass comfortably on December 2 when the lower house of parliament votes on the text proposed by the ruling Socialists. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
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PARIS (AP) -- French legislators are debating whether to pressure the government to recogne a Palestinian state, in hopes that helps lead to lasting Middle East peace.

The debate in France's National Assembly on Friday comes amid growing European support for a Palestinian state. Many are frustrated with the deadlock in peace talks, and with the Israeli government's actions in Gaza and in supporting the growth of Jewish settlements.

French lawmakers are expected to approve a measure urging the government "to recognize the state of Palestine in view of reaching a definitive settlement to the conflict." The vote is next week.

French President Francois Hollande's government has the final say. Hollande has said he supports international recognition of a Palestinian state, and said Thursday that his government is pushing to revive peace talks.

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FILE - In this July 29, 2014 file photo, smoke and fire from an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City. Israel launches a pre-emptive assault on an upcoming U.N. report into last year's war in the Gaza Strip, saying it is hopelessly biased and issuing its own report that places the blame for heavy civilian casualties on Gaza’s Hamas militant rulers. The diplomatic offensive sets the stage for what is expected to be a contentious showdown with U.N. officials over allegations that Israel committed war crimes during the 50-day war. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 photo, 36 year-old Palestinian mother Abeer, right, sits near her daughter, 19-month-old Anwar Saad, at their family home in Gaza City. For the Saads, the summer’s war in Gaza, the third between Israel and Hamas, came into their home on July 18, 2014 when they say an Israeli tank shell crashed through the wall of their house in Gaza’s crowded Shijaiyeh neighborhood. Shrapnel wounded all of the Saad family. Anwar’s mother spends much of her time caring for her daughter. The infant only stops crying when she is in her rocking bed. Before the war, Anwar was playful and alert, the mother said. Not any longer. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
In this Aug. 1, 2014 file photo, Palestinians carry their belongings after salvaging them from their destroyed house in the heavily bombed town of Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, close to the Israeli border. A fierce debate is raging within Israel's military over the extent to which soldiers should be held legally accountable for their actions during last year’s Gaza war, with commanders increasingly at odds with military lawyers. If Israel can show the International Criminal Court that it has carried out its own investigations in good faith, it could avoid an outside probe. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
Palestinian mourners grieve over the body of Hamas militant, Tayseir Smeiry, who was killed by an Israeli tank fire near the border fence between Gaza Strip and Israel, during his funeral in Town of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Israel deployed tank fire and an airstrike on targets in Gaza after its troops came under attack by Palestinian snipers as they were on patrol on the Israeli side of the border, the military said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 30, 2014 file photo, a Palestinian girl cries while receiving treatment for her injuries caused by an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. A fierce debate is raging within Israel's military over the extent to which soldiers should be held legally accountable for their actions during last year's Gaza war, with commanders increasingly at odds with military lawyers. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)
In this Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 photo, Mahmoud Abu Amer, 37, walks amid the ruins of an apartment building where 16 relatives were killed by an Israeli airstrike on July 29, in Khan Younis, Gaza. The building was one of scores targeted by Israel in its war last summer with the Islamic militant Hamas. Israel says it only attacked homes used by militants for military purposes, while Palestinians say warplanes often struck without regard for civilians. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian demonstrator holding a national flag jumps during clashes with Israeli soldiers, outside the Ofer military prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The Palestinian president on Tuesday accused Israel of provoking a "religious war" as new violence between the sides broke out in the West Bank, leaving a Palestinian man dead, amid mounting concerns that the long-running conflict is entering a new and dangerous phase. The new spate of violence comes amid rising tensions spawned by conflicting claims to the Jerusalem holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and the aftermath of this summer's bloody Gaza war, in which more than 2,100 Palestinians and 72 people on the Israeli side were killed. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Palestinians carry their belongings as they leave their flooded family house during heavy rain in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Hundreds of houses were flooded following a rain storm in several area in Gaza. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians arrive from Egypt through the Rafah border crossing into Gaza in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Egyptian authorities temporarily re-opened the border crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday to allow Palestinians stranded outside the territory to return home, officials said. The crossing had been closed since Oct. 24, when a militant ambush killed 31 Egyptian soldiers near the border town of Rafah. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian girl walks past destroyed homes from recent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Shijaiyah, neighborhood in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Ahmad Atawneh, stands in rubble of his house which was destroyed during the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Shijaiyah, neighborhood in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Ayman Atawneh, stands in rubble of his house which was destroyed during the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Shijaiyah, neighborhood in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians walk past destroyed homes from recent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Shijaiyah, neighborhood in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinian girls walk past destroyed homes from recent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Shijaiyah, neighborhood in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian walks among the rubble of his house which was destroyed during the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Shijaiyah, neighborhood in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Ahmad Atawneh, stands in rubble of his house which was destroyed during the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Shijaiyah, neighborhood in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Waves of the Mediterranean Sea hit a Palestinian youth while he stands on rocks at a pier of the fisherman port in Gaza City, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian man carries a man to help him cross a road flooded after heavy rains hit Shati Refugee Camp, in Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Israeli border policeman checks the ID's and work permits of Palestinian workers, as they head back home to the West bank at the exit of the costal city of Ashkelon, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The Palestinian president on Tuesday accused Israel of provoking a "religious war" as new violence between the sides broke out in the West Bank, leaving a Palestinian man dead, amid mounting concerns that the long-running conflict is entering a new and dangerous phase. The new spate of violence comes amid rising tensions spawned by conflicting claims to the Jerusalem holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and the aftermath of this summer's bloody Gaza war, in which more than 2,100 Palestinians and 72 people on the Israeli side were killed. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Palestinians inspect the damage on a wooden stage built by members of the Fatah movement for a coming rally to mark the death anniversary of former Fatah leader, Yasser Arafat, after it was hit with an explosion in Gaza City, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
In this Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 photo, an Egyptian army armored vehicle stands on the on the Egyptian side of border town of Rafah, northeast of Cairo, Egypt. In the deadliest-ever militant attack on the military, at least 30 soldiers were killed late last month in Sinai, prompting President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to declare a state of emergency in northern Sinai and order the eviction of some 10,000 people from the town of Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip.(AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El Latif, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT
A woman maneuvers a donkey cart on a street amid debris of buildings demolished by the Egyptian army on the Egyptian side of border town of Rafah, northeast of Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. Egyptian troops are pressing ahead with the demolitions of hundreds of homes along the border with the Gaza Strip, cutting off electricity and firing warning shots in the air in a heavy-handed mission to evict thousands of residents from the volatile area, according to witness accounts. (AP Photo/El Shorouk newspaper, Ahmed Abd El-Latif) EGYPT OUT
A young man walks by holes made by the Egyptian military to destroy smuggling tunnels connected to Gaza, as he visits an area on the Egyptian side of the border town of Rafah, northeast of Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. The demolitions, meant to halt the smuggling of weapons and militants in and out of Gaza, have also put pressure on Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza and has long counted on smuggling tunnels as its lifeline. (AP Photo/El Shorouk newspaper, Ahmed Abd El-Latif) EGYPT OUT
A masked Palestinian uses a slingshot during clashes with Israeli soldiers, outside the Ofer military prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The Palestinian president on Tuesday accused Israel of provoking a "religious war" as new violence between the sides broke out in the West Bank, leaving a Palestinian man dead, amid mounting concerns that the long-running conflict is entering a new and dangerous phase. The new spate of violence comes amid rising tensions spawned by conflicting claims to the Jerusalem holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and the aftermath of this summer's bloody Gaza war, in which more than 2,100 Palestinians and 72 people on the Israeli side were killed. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
In this Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 photo, a man stands in the rubble off a home demolished by security forces on the on the Egyptian side of border town of Rafah, northeast of Cairo, Egypt. In the deadliest-ever militant attack on the military, at least 30 soldiers were killed late last month in Sinai, prompting President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to declare a state of emergency in northern Sinai and order the eviction of some 10,000 people from the town of Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip.(AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El Latif, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT
A woman walks by debris of residential buildings demolished by the Egyptian army on the Egyptian side of border town of Rafah, northeast of Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. Egyptian troops are pressing ahead with the demolitions of hundreds of homes along the border with the Gaza Strip, cutting off electricity and firing warning shots in the air in a heavy-handed mission to evict thousands of residents from the volatile area, according to witness accounts. (AP Photo/El Shorouk newspaper, Ahmed Abd El-Latif) EGYPT OUT
People collect their belongings from their residence as the Egyptian army demolish homes on the Egyptian side of border town of Rafah, northeast of Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. In the deadliest-ever militant attack on the military, at least 30 soldiers were killed late last month in Sinai, prompting el-Sissi to declare a state of emergency in northern Sinai and order the eviction of some 10,000 people from the town of Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/El Shorouk newspaper, Ahmed Abd El-Latif) EGYPT OUT
Smoke rises from explosions demolishing houses on the Egyptian side of the border town of Rafah as seen from the Palestinian side of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. With dynamite and heavy machinery, Egypt's army has been demolishing homes along its border with the Gaza Strip, after the military ordered residents out last week to make way for a planned buffer zone meant to stop militants and smugglers. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
The Egyptian army demolish houses on the Egyptian side of the border town of Rafah, as Palestinians watch smoke rise from the Palestinian side of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. With dynamite and bulldozers, Egypt's army demolished homes along its border with the Gaza Strip on Thursday, after the military ordered residents out on Wednesday to make way for a planned buffer zone meant to stop militants and smugglers. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian militants from the al-Nasser Brigades, an armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), arrive for a press conference in solidarity with the victims of the Egyptian soldiers who were killed in a suicide attack in Sinai last Friday, in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Egyptian authorities on Tuesday ordered residents living along the country's eastern border with the Gaza Strip to evacuate so they can demolish their homes and set up a buffer zone to stop weapons and militant trafficking between Egypt and the Palestinian territory, officials said. The measure comes four days after militants attacked an army post, killing at least 31 soldiers in the restive area in the northeastern corner of the Sinai Peninsula. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
An Egyptian helicopter hovers over houses destroyed by the Egyptian army on the Egyptian side on the border town of Rafah, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Egyptians are evacuating their homes along the border with Gaza after militants attacked an army post, killing at least 31 soldiers last week. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
A boy stands on debris of a building destroyed by the Egyptian army on the Egyptian side of border town of Rafah, northeast of Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. In the deadliest-ever militant attack on the military, at least 30 soldiers were killed late last month in Sinai, prompting el-Sissi to declare a state of emergency in northern Sinai and order the eviction of some 10,000 people from the town of Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/El Shorouk newspaper, Ahmed Abd El-Latif) EGYPT OUT
Egyptian security forces secure houses which were destroyed by the Egyptian army on the Egyptian side of the border town of Rafah, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Egyptians are evacuating their homes along the border with Gaza after militants attacked an army post, killing at least 31 soldiers last week. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
Palestinian militants from the al-Nasser Brigades, an armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), attend a press conference in solidarity with the victims of the Egyptian soldiers who were killed in a suicide attack in Sinai last Friday, in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Egyptian authorities on Tuesday ordered residents living along the country's eastern border with the Gaza Strip to evacuate so they can demolish their homes and set up a buffer zone to stop weapons and militant trafficking between Egypt and the Palestinian territory, officials said. The measure comes four days after militants attacked an army post, killing at least 31 soldiers in the restive area in the northeastern corner of the Sinai Peninsula. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian girl plays next to a destroyed building in the town of Beit Hanoun, the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Members of a Palestinian family build a shelter to protect them from winter rains, next to their destroyed house in the town of Beit Hanoun, the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian children play on the street as the sun sets over the town of Beit Hanoun, the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Birds rest on reinforcing bars used for a building destroyed during this summer's war between Israel and Hamas in the town of Beit Hanoun, the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian uses a slingshot during clashes with Israeli soldiers, outside the Ofer military prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The Palestinian president on Tuesday accused Israel of provoking a "religious war" as new violence between the sides broke out in the West Bank, leaving a Palestinian man dead, amid mounting concerns that the long-running conflict is entering a new and dangerous phase. The new spate of violence comes amid rising tensions spawned by conflicting claims to the Jerusalem holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and the aftermath of this summer's bloody Gaza war, in which more than 2,100 Palestinians and 72 people on the Israeli side were killed. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Palestinians whose homes were destroyed during the recent war between Israel and Hamas watch as European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini visits a U.N. school they now use as a shelter, in Gaza City, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians sit between the rubble of their destroyed building in Shijaiyah, neighborhood of Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Delegates representing some 50 nations and 20 regional and international organizations attended a donor conference in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday to help Gaza rebuild after the war between Israel and Gaza's militant Islamic group Hamas this summer. Organizers of the Cairo conference hope pledges of over 5 billion dollars will be paid over the period of three years to aid reconstruction in the Gaza Strip, which borders Israel and Egypt. Both countries have blockaded Gaza since Hamas took power there in 2007, causing the territory of 1.8 million people economic hardships and high unemployment. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian girl walks between the rubble of destroyed buildings in Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Delegates representing some 50 nations and 20 regional and international organizations attended a donor conference in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday to help Gaza rebuild after the war between Israel and Gaza's militant Islamic group Hamas this summer. Organizers of the Cairo conference hope pledges of over 5 billion dollars will be paid over the period of three years to aid reconstruction in the Gaza Strip, which borders Israel and Egypt. Both countries have blockaded Gaza since Hamas took power there in 2007, causing the territory of 1.8 million people economic hardships and high unemployment. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians walk during the sunset between the rubble of their destroyed building in Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Delegates representing some 50 nations and 20 regional and international organizations attended a donor conference in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday to help Gaza rebuild after the war between Israel and Gaza's militant Islamic group Hamas this summer. Organizers of the Cairo conference hope pledges of over 5 billion dollars by donors will be paid over the period of three years to aid reconstruction in the Gaza Strip, which borders Israel and Egypt. Both countries have blockaded Gaza since Hamas took power there in 2007, causing the territory of 1.8 million people economic hardships and high unemployment. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinian construction workers seen in a mirror carry building materials on a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. After the Gaza war, the U.N. brokered a deal with Israel and the Palestinian government under which Israel is to allow imports of construction materials for the private sector. On the Gaza side, the shipments are to be tracked by U.N. and Palestinian officials. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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