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Merkel Thanks Sarkozy for Close Collaboration During Debt Crisis

May 7 (Bloomberg) -- Angela Merkel telephoned outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy this evening to thank him for his “close and trustworthy” collaboration in combating the European debt crisis, according to a German government statement.

The German chancellor and Sarkozy are both convinced that “Germany and France will continue to bear the responsibility to promote a united Europe through working together,” the government added in the e-mailed statement.

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