France and Germany should take lead after Brexit - Hollande

2016-06-26 19:32
French President Francois Hollande (Stephane de Sakutin, Pool via AP)

French President Francois Hollande (Stephane de Sakutin, Pool via AP)

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Dun-les-Places - France and Germany should "take the initiative" after British voters decided their country should quit the EU, French President Francois Hollande said on Sunday.

"A friendly country, an allied country with whom we have so many ties has just decided to leave our union, the European Union, which we believed to be indestructible and indissoluble," Hollande said at a World War II commemoration.

"It is now the responsibility of France and Germany to take the initiative, because we have shown that from unhappiness, horror and war, we (two) were able to forge a strong friendship," said Hollande, referring to the post-war forces behind the founding of the EU.

"If we are separated, we run the risk of being disunited, divided and quarrelling," Hollande warned.

But "if we are together, we cannot only win peace, but also the respect of the citizens of this fine union called Europe".

Hollande was speaking at the inauguration of a memorial at Dun-les-Places, a "martyred village" in central-eastern France, where Nazi troops torched homes and massacred 27 inhabitants in June 1944.

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