PARIS - French President Francois Hollande said on Friday everything must be done to relaunch a long-stalled Middle East peace process that could lead to the recognition of a Palestinian state.

"Today, we must do everything to facilitate the recognition of a Palestinian state via a negotiated process," Hollande told a news conference following a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris.

"I affirm this before President Abbas: dialogue must start again and the sooner the better," Hollande, flanked by Abbas, said.

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