French president Nicholas Sarkozy has fired a shot across Israel's bow. He has warned that if the peace process remains dead France will formally recognize the Palestinian state.
"If the peace process is still dead in September, France will face up to its responsibilities on the central question of recognition of a Palestinian state ," Sarkozy said in an interview with L'Express published on Wednesday.
"The idea that there is still plenty of time is dangerous. Things have to be brought to a conclusion " before a UN gathering in September, he added.