France not planning Israel sanctions says Hollande

French President Francois Hollande said he does not want to start imposing sanctions on Israel despite it announcing plans to expand settlement building in occupied territories.

Mr Hollande, who was at a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, said: "We don't want to shift into sanctions mode.

"We are more focused on convincing."

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Hague: Israel 'reacted wrongly'

The Foreign Secretary William Hague has said Israeli settlement extension plans would make a two-state solution "almost inconceivable", describing the move as "the wrong way to react."