New French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron shake hands in Washington
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Cameron and Hollande have first meeting

David Cameron has emerged from his first meeting with the new French President, Francois Hollande and said they both shared a desire to see deficits cut, markets stabilised and economic growth.

The two leaders met at the British embassy in Washington, before this weekend's G8 summit.

Questions have been raised about the relationship between the two men, after Mr Cameron endorsed Nicolas Sarkozy in the French elections and Mr Hollande advocated a pro-growth strategy that seemed at odds with the coalition's economic policies.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Cameron said they had found much to agree on.

  • 19 May 2012
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