Hollande wants closer defence partnership with Germany
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.