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Prime Minister David Cameron's EU quest hits France

By John Lichfield

Published 29/05/2015

Dinner: Hollande and Cameron
Dinner: Hollande and Cameron

David Cameron received a politely frosty welcome to Paris last night as he began his quest for concessions from EU leaders before the in-out referendum on British membership.

Before a dinner with the Prime Minister at the Elysee Palace, President Francois Hollande said: "France wants Great Britain to remain in the European Union. We will see how we can advance so that the British people can make a decision which will be their own."

French sources said Paris is prepared to make limited concessions but will defend core principles such as freedom of movement and the supranational power of EU law.

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