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Hollande wants closer defence partnership with Germany

Published on Jan 15, 2014 1:23 AM

PARIS (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday said he wanted a closer partnership with Germany to work on defence issues and ensure peace and security in the world.

Hollande, speaking at a high-profile press conference, said he wanted the top two EU economies to jointly react to these challenges.

"I would like a Franco-German partnership which can react on behalf of Europe on defence matters... we must demonstrate a joint responsibility for peace and stability in the world," he said.

Hollande said the idea of closer cooperation between the two countries would be raised at a meeting he would hold in Paris on Feb 19 with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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