France, Germany call for EU meeting on Egypt
PARIS (AFP) - France and Germany have called for urgent European talks on cooperation with Egypt as concern grew over a bloody crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.
In a statement, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the spectre of the European Union rethinking its cooperation with Egyptian authorities, as at least 12 people were killed in fresh violence on Friday.
"Egypt must return as quickly as possible to the path of its democratic life," Mr Hollande and Ms Merkel said in a statement after telephone talks.
"The president and chancellor also called for urgent consultations at the European level," it said.