France's foreign minister said Tuesday that the country will vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state, according to reports by the Associated Press and Reuters published in the Star Tribune and Chicago Tribune.
The move will help the Palestinians secure greater international recognition, according to both reports.
A Palestinian bid for full U.N. membership was rejected last year, largely because of U.S. opposition in the U.N. Security Council, according to Reuters.
This time around, Palestinian leaders are looking for recognition as a non-member observer state, according to the Associated Press.
The measure, which implicitly recognizes Palestinian statehood, is projected to pass.