A French municipal council has approved a proposal to name a newly built street after Palestinian Liberation Organization leader and arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat, the Nice Matin newspaper reported Tuesday.
The proposal was adopted by a large majority of elected representatives of of the south-western town La Seyne-sur-Mer.
According to Mayor Marc Vuillemot, the proposal was brought forward by the town's residents and only a handful of representatives voted against it.
Those who opposed the measure were reportedly unhappy with honoring a "controversial figure" or, as others described Arafat, a "terrorist."
"There is also a Yitzhak Rabin-street in the district. To my knowledge, the two men received the Nobel Peace Prize together," the Socialist Party Mayor said in response to the critics.
With La Seyne-sur-Mer's adoption of the proposal, France will see the country's first ever street to be named after Arafat, who died in a French hospital in 2004.
There already exists a "Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat " square in Bobigny, a suburb of Paris, but previous attempts to have a street named in honor of the Palestinian leader were scrapped, usually in the wake of Jewish community objections.