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Pub lunch for Hollande and Cameron

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 00:46

Jan. 31 - British Prime Minister David Cameron holds working lunch with French President Francois Hollande in one of his local country pubs. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: British Prime Minister David Cameron held a working lunch with French President Francois Hollande at a countryside pub near his home village in Oxfordshire on Friday. The informal lunch is where the two leaders were expected to address the thorny issue of European Union reforms, following a morning of formal treaty signings and declarations of defense and energy cooperation. The first Anglo-French summit since Hollande took power in 2012 has been overshadowed by tensions on EU reform. Cameron wants to re-open European Union treaties to try to secure sweeping reforms to make the trade bloc more efficient - an agenda he hopes will both persuade eurosceptic voters to back him at a 2015 election and quell dissent within his party. He has promised a referendum on Britain's EU membership by 2017. But Hollande declared, during a news conference on Friday morning, that treaty change is "not a priority" for France. Hollande said earlier this week that he was strongly against rewriting the treaties to suit Britain's domestic political agenda. Hollande also had to dodge a blunt question from a British journalist over whether his reported affair had caused France to become an "international joke". To avoid embarrassment for the French leader, Downing Street made no arrangements for wives or girlfriends to attend the lunch.

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Pub lunch for Hollande and Cameron

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 00:46