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Cameron treats Hollande to pub lunch during summit

by Rachel Hepworth

The French President has been in Oxfordshire for a face-to-face summit meeting with the Prime Minister - on the agenda? Talks about Britain's role in Europe, and military cooperation.

The world's media descended on RAF Brize Norton today to witness the arrival of Francois Hollande. It was a day of handshakes and hard talking and lunch at a pub.

Rachel Hepworth reports.

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PM: UK-France partnership 'as important as ever'

Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK's partnership with France was "as close and important as ever".

Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande. Credit: ITV News/Georgina Brewer

Speaking during a news conference with French President Francois Hollande, Mr Cameron said, "We are two leaders determined to keep our citizens safe and to secure a better future for them all."

He described the RAF Brize Norton air base where addressed reporters as "a great example of the close relationship between our two countries".

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French President Francois Hollande at RAF Brize Norton

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French President Francois Hollande at RAF Brize Norton Credit: ITV Meridian

French President Francois Hollande has arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. He's in the county for a summit with Prime Minister David Cameron, where discussions on defence co-operation and energy are on the agenda.

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French President Francois Hollande at RAF Brize Norton Credit: ITV Meridian

Fallen soldier to be flown home

Lance Corporal James Brynin of the Intelligence Corps was killed in Helmand province last week. Credit: ITV News Meridian

A soldier from West Sussex who was killed in Afghanistan is to be repatriated today.

Lance Corporal James Brynin of the Intelligence Corps was killed in Helmand province last week. He was 23 and from Shoreham. He will return via RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Family's grief after 'perfect son' dies in crash

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Jack Webster Credit: Thames Valley Police

The family of a 22-year-old man who died in a road traffic collision on Sunday (have a released a picture of their 'perfect son'. Jack Webster was killed when his car crashed on the B4477 slip road from the A40 towards Brize Norton.

Officers were called to the scene shortly after 5am. Two other people were also taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The RAF said it was “deeply saddened” by the death of Jack, who was based at RAF Brize Norton.

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Airman killed in Afghanistan

Corporal Brent John McCarthy
Corporal Brent John McCarthy Credit: MOD

Corporal McCarthy was assigned to RAF Brize Norton in July 2009 where he volunteered to deploy with 174 Provost Company, 3rd Regiment Royal Military Police as part of the Theatre Provost Group.

During his pre-deployment training Corporal McCarthy showed an aptitude for mentoring and was a natural choice to embed with the Welsh Guards as part of the Police Mentoring Advisory Group.

Corporal McCarthy leaves behind his father John, mother Sarah, sister Jodie, his partner Sarah and his niece Miajay and nephew Kyron.

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