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Changes to EU treaty ‘not a priority’ for France, Hollande tells Cameron

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-31

French President François Hollande on Friday said that Britain’s push to revise the European Union treaty was not a priority for his own country.

After a summit with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Hollande said that although France wants the eurozone to be "better coordinated and better integrated", "we feel that revising the treaty is not a priority for the time being".

Under pressure from eurosceptics in his Conservative party, Cameron has promised to renegotiate the terms of Britain's membership of the EU and put the new deal to a referendum by 2017, provided he wins the 2015 general election.

Cameron told their joint press conference, "My position absolutely remains that we want to see those changes, we want that renegotiation... that renegotiation will involve elements of treaty change."

During Friday’s meeting, the two leaders agreed on an almost-$200 million deal to develop an armed-combat drone, as well as an investment deal for nuclear power in Britain, and earmarked 15 million pounds for joint investment on space-related programs.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP)
 

Date created : 2014-01-31

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