Report: France slams e. J'lem housing expansion move

France on Monday criticized the Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Council of Jerusalem's decision on Sunday to expand some 2,000 homes in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of the city, which is over the Green Line.
"Our position is constant: settlement building is illegal in the eyes of international law, in the West Bank as well as in east Jerusalem," French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said, AFP reported.
The spokesman also called on Israel and the Palestinians to "resume negotiations based on principles contained in the French initiative presented by [French Foreign Minister] Alain Juppe to Mr. [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu and Mr. [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas during his recent visit to the Middle East, and to refrain from unilateral gestures which undermine the trust necessary for this resumption," according to the report.