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Hollande, Merkel fete 50 years of French-German ties

Published on Jan 22, 2013 6:08 AM
This handout photo made available by the German government press office shows French President Francois Hollande (2nd L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) raising their glasses at a dinner in Berlin on January 21, 2013, as part of the 50th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Germany and France will seek to paper over tensions from the euro crisis which has propelled Berlin into Europe's driving seat when their leaders meet on Monday to mark 50 years since a landmark treaty forged closer ties.

French President Francois Hollande arrived in a snow-bedecked Berlin, officials travelling with him said, and was first due to hold a brief meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel before the two launch into events to fete the Elysee Treaty.

Their first engagement on a packed pomp-filled agenda, which continues through Tuesday, was to respond to questions by about 200 French and German youth in a live televised debate.

Afterwards over the dinner, the two leaders are likely to discuss the world hotspots including the current crisis in Mali.

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