Hollande to meet Merkel as France reacts to Brexit

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News of the British vote to leave the European Union has caused considerable shock in France, one of the founding fathers of the European project. President François Hollande has called for immediate action to revitalise the EU and after meetings with ministers on Friday will meet with Italian premier Matteo Renzi in Paris this weekend and with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday. On Tuesday the French Parliament will also debate the likely impact of Brexit on France and Europe in general. Lénaïg Bredoux reports.

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President François Hollande has caused for a “jump start” to revive the European project after the dramatic British vote to quit the European Union. Gone, however, is the previous emphasis by Hollande on “changing direction” in Brussels towards greater focus on growth and less austerity. Instead the reaction to Brexit is set to be a tightening of EU priorities around greater security and policies on immigration.