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France's Hollande congratulates Merkel on election win
September 22, 2013 / 7:14 PM / 4 years ago

France's Hollande congratulates Merkel on election win

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande congratulated Chancellor Angela Merkel on her victory in Sunday’s German election, inviting her to talks in Paris once her new government is formed, the French presidency said in a statement.

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel smiles as she receives flowers after first exit polls in the German general election (Bundestagswahl) at the party headquarters in Berlin September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Hollande and Merkel had a conversation in which they expressed their wish to “pursue their close cooperation in order to take up the new challenges of Europe’s construction”, the statement said. (Reporting by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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