Merkel greets new French President Francois Hollande

Francois Hollande meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Francois Hollande meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel Credit: ITV News

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed France's new Socialist President Francois Hollande to Germany this evening.

He arrived approximately an hour and a half late to their meeting as his plane was hit by lightning en route to Berlin.

Hollande and Merkel walk the red carpet in Berlin
Germany laid out the red carpet for new French President Francois Hollande Credit: ITV News

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