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British and French leaders reconcile

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 02:03

Feb 17 - France and Britain agree to jointly work to develop next-generation unmanned drones as part of their military cooperation as their leaders reconciled after an acrimonious clash over Europe last year. Matt Cowan reoprts.

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Sure they sometimes bicker. French President Nicolas Sarkozy admits was non-plussed when British Prime Minister David Cameron voteod the EU treaty back in December. But Cameron's visit to Paris was not a day to dwell on the past. SOUNDBITE: BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON SAYING (English) : "I'm delighted to be back in Paris. As you say this is my eighth visit since being Prime Minister, I've visited this great capital city more than any other over the last two years and it is great to be back today (Sarkozy interrupts: Brussels.) Except Brussels. But as we said. That's not quite the same thing. Anyway that's won me some votes in Belgium." The leaders presented a united front on range of issues - promising to work together to help foster security and prosperity. Cameron even went so far as to throw his support behind Sarkozy's reelection campaign And Sarkozy conceeded that if he were the leader of Britain he too would put British priorities first. SOUNDBITE: FRENCH PRESIDENT NICOLAS SARKOZY SAYING (French) "If I had been in David's place I would have probably defended Great Britain's interests as he has done." They still have their differences of course, but for two leaders who were so clearly at odds a couple of months ago, relations appear to be much more cordial. Matt Cowan, Reuters.

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British and French leaders reconcile

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 02:03