Sparks fly even before Hollande meets Merkel

Francois Hollande's trip to Germany for crucial talks with Angela Merkel got off to the worst possible start after his plane was forced to return to Paris after it was struck by lightning.

15th May, 2012
Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes his successor Francois Hollande as he arrived at the Elysee Palace this morning before being sworn in as France's new president.

Francois Hollande's trip to Germany for crucial talks with Angela Merkel got off to the worst possible start after his plane was forced to return to Paris after it was struck by lightning.

The new French president has already left Paris on a second plane but he will be 90 minutes late for his meeting with Merkel, the Telegraph reported. The trip to Berlin just hours after his inauguration is seen as a bid to...

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