France to Back Palestinian Statehood

French officials said on Tuesday that they would back nonmember status for Palestine at the United Nations—one of the strongest endorsements of Palestinian statehood yet. Palestine dramatically applied for statehood at the U.N. last year, but was stopped by U.S. opposition and has instead applied for a lesser status as a nonmember. But nonmember status would implicitly recognize Palestinian statehood and would grant it access to international ruling bodies such the International Criminal Court in The Hague—where Palestine could file complaints against Israel.