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Merkel and Hollande to discuss EU network avoiding US

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will talk to French President Francois Hollande about building up a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the US, according to Reuters.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. Credit: Maurizio Gambarini/DPA/Press Association Images

Merkel, who visits France on Wednesday, has been pushing for greater data protection in Europe following reports last year about mass surveillance in Germany and elsewhere by the US National Security Agency.

Speaking in her weekly podcast, Merkel said: "We'll talk with France about how we can maintain a high level of data protection.

"Above all, we'll talk about European providers that offer security for our citizens, so that one shouldn't have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic. Rather, one could build up a communication network inside Europe."