France says Gaza may need ‘imposed’ solution

PARIS — France’s foreign minister is calling on the international community to impose a solution on Israel and Hamas, saying the warring sides have shown themselves unable to negotiate.

In an unusually strong statement Monday, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says Israel’s right to security “does not justify the killing of children and the massacre of civilians.” France is closely allied with Israel, and Fabius’s statement is a rare direct criticism.

Gazans say the conflict, in its fourth week, has killed more than 1,800 Palestinians, of whom Israel says many hundreds are combatants. On the Israeli side, 64 soldiers and three civilians have been killed.

Fabius says a ceasefire, followed by a two-state solution, is needed and “should be imposed by the international community because, despite numerous attempts, the two sides have shown themselves to be incapable of concluding negotiations.”

— AP

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