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French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault speaks during a news conference to outline the Socialist government's plans for restoring industrial competitiveness in response to Gallois' commissioned report at the Hotel Matignon offices in Paris November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault speaks during a news conference to outline the Socialist government's plans for restoring industrial competitiveness in response to Gallois' commissioned report at the Hotel Matignon offices in Paris November...more

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault speaks during a news conference to outline the Socialist government's plans for restoring industrial competitiveness in response to Gallois' commissioned report at the Hotel Matignon offices in Paris November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
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France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault poses for photographers prior to an interview during the evening broadcast news of French TV channel TF1 in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool

France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault poses for photographers prior to an interview during the evening broadcast news of French TV channel TF1 in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool

France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault poses for photographers prior to an interview during the evening broadcast news of French TV channel TF1 in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool
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France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault poses for photographers prior to an interview during the evening broadcast news of French TV channel TF1 in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool

France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault poses for photographers prior to an interview during the evening broadcast news of French TV channel TF1 in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool

France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault poses for photographers prior to an interview during the evening broadcast news of French TV channel TF1 in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool
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France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault poses for photographers prior to an interview during the evening broadcast news of French TV channel TF1 in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool

France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault poses for photographers prior to an interview during the evening broadcast news of French TV channel TF1 in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool

France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault poses for photographers prior to an interview during the evening broadcast news of French TV channel TF1 in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool
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