Hollande gambling on election defeat for Merkel as French influence fades

Relations have plunged to a new low after François Hollande's party openly criticised Merkel's self-serving approach to euro crisis.

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François Hollande made his debut on the European summitry stage in May and June last year as the anti-Merkel, the first European leader of weight to openly challenge the German chancellor's austerity prescriptions as the best medicine for curing the euro's ills, reports The Guardian.