France said on Thursday it "condemned without reservation" the announcement that Israel was illegally extending restricted settlements in the Occupied Territories.
A statement from the French Foreign Ministry said that it has learned that Israel was planning to expand settlements in the West Bank, which is a violation of a number of resolutions of the United Nations and also of agreements within the Quartet peace process.
"France recalls that it condemns without reservation the expansion of the existing settlements, which are against international law and drain the efforts deployed with a view to restarting the peace process, the statement said.
"We call on the Israeli government to take the necessary measures to put a freeze on these settlement activities in all the Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem".
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