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”.
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.