Hollande warns against EU à la carte

France’s president rejects Cameron’s EU plan and calls for EU to do more in world’s trouble-spots.

François Hollande, the president of France, has countered David Cameron’s vision for the European Union, taken a swipe at German economic policy and urged the EU to take stronger action to protect the euro from currency-exchange fluctuations. In a wide-ranging speech at the European Parliament on Tuesday (7 February), he also made the case for the EU to become more vocal in world conflicts – citing France’s intervention in Mali as a European fight for “democracy and human dignity”.

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