France is opposed to imposing sanctions on a Palestinian government formed by Hamas, President Jacques Chirac said Monday.
Speaking to reporters on the final day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Chirac said he was aware of the calls for cutting off aid to a Palestinian Authority led by Hamas, owing to the group's refusal to recognize Israel and renounce violence.
"I am hostile to sanctions in general, and in this case in particular, because I do not see why we would impose sanctions whose consequences would in reality be borne mainly by the Palestinian people," Chirac said.
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