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    Some 339 parliamentarians voted in favor of the motion, while 151 voted against recognition of the Palestinian state. The vote is non-binding and cannot alter France’s official stance on the issue.

    MOSCOW, December 2 (Sputnik) — French lawmakers voted in favor of recognizing Palestine as a sovereign state on Tuesday, following similar moves in Spain, Ireland and the United Kingdom, Jerusalem Post reported.

    Some 339 parliamentarians voted in favor of the motion, while 151 voted against it. The vote is non-binding and cannot alter France’s official stance on the issue.

    However, in late November, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius stated that France would recognize Palestine as an independent state, stressing that recognition "is not a favor, not an indulgence, it's a right”.

    In October, British lawmakers and the upper house of the Irish parliament passed symbolic motions calling to recognize the Palestinian state. The Spanish parliament followed in November.

    Sweden officially recognized the Palestinian state in late October, becoming the 135th country and the first EU member to do so. Most European Union members and the United States have not given their official recognition. Some EU countries such as Hungary, Poland and Slovakia recognized the Palestinian state before joining the union.

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