New President for France

Francois Hollande has vowed to put an end to austerity and focus on growth after being elected France's first Socialist President for 17 years. Mr Hollande won 52% of the vote against 48% for the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday's run-off.

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Mandelson expects united eurozone response from France and Germany

Former EU commissioner Lord Mandelson told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that he expected Mr Hollande and Mrs Merkel to mount a renewed push for greater EU integration in order to shore up the eurozone.

I think we are going to see the eurozone yet further challenged very seriously and I think that what you will see both from France and from Germany is a very united response.

I think that both from Mr Hollande and Mrs Merkel you are going to see the top priority being stopping the eurozone from splitting.

I think that you will see both of them saying that everything that needs to be done to save the whole post war settlement in Europe, as well as the euro, will require more European integration, not less. It will require more Europe, not less.

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