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France's Mideast peace conference is branded a failure before the doors even open

France's Mideast peace conference is branded a failure before the doors even open

Foreign ministers and top international envoys from 70 countries are jetting into Paris for a Middle East peace conference Sunday.

Sounds positive — except the Israelis and the Palestinians won’t be there. Neither will the incoming U.S. administration. And French President Francois Hollande, who has been leading a last-ditch effort to revive talks aimed at easing the long-stalemated conflict, will be out of office in four months.

The aim of the conference, Hollande said in a speech to France’s diplomatic corps Thursday, is to reaffirm the international community’s support for a “two-state solution” that would see the...

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