German elections

Macron backs 'vital' cooperation with Merkel over future of Europe

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French president Tweeted his plea for cooperation after calling German Chancellor to congratulate her on winning a fourth term in office.

Hollande gambling on election defeat for Merkel as French influence fades

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