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French President Hollande urges Europe to respond firmly to Trump

Sunday January 29, 2017 10:39 PM, IINA


French President Francois Hollande on Saturday urged Europe to form a united front and provide a "firm" response to US President Donald Trump, hours before having a telephone conversation with him, according to French media.

"Whenever there are statements coming from the president of the United States on Europe and whenever he talks of Brexit as a model for other countries, I believe we should respond," Hollande said on the sidelines of a summit of southern EU countries held in Lisbon, Portugal.

"We must conduct firm dialogue with the new American administration which has shown it has its own approach to the problems we all face," he said at the end of the gathering as he was flanked by the other leaders who took part.

During his first phone conversation with Trump late Saturday, Hollande stressed the "economic and political consequences of a protectionist approach", adding that the principle of "acceptance of refugees" should be respected.

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