France has upgraded its diplomatic ties with the Palestinian AuthorityThe move to upgrade diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority is stated as a move to speed up the process of a viable Palestinian statehood in the near future. The statement announcing the change called for a Palestinian state by the first quarter of 2012.

The French have transformed what was the Palestinian delegation into the Palestinian mission. This means that the top Palestinian delegate in France will now be referred to as ambassador, chief of mission.

This comes soon after the US upgraded the Palestinian delegation there to just below an ambassadorship.