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Is Merkel plotting against François Hollande?

The French papers react to rumours of a Europe-wide conservative plot, while Nicolas Sarkozy jumps on the bandwagon of Marine Le Pen's halal meat controversy.

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Le Nouvel Observateur reports on rumours Europe's conservative leaders have agreed not to meet François Hollande - while Rue89 points out the idea of foreign leaders getting mixed up in their election is so unpopular with the French that these plot rumours could be a vote-winner for Hollande.

Le Parisien headlines on fears the wealthy will flee France if Hollande is elected - and inside look at how National Front leader Marine Le Pen is leading the debate on the right, as Sarkozy has followed her in condemning halal meat.

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