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Hollande Rallies EU Socialists Around Juncker for Commission Job

French President Francois Hollande and German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel signaled they are ready to back former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker to head the European Commission.

Hollande and Gabriel met in Paris, along with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Belgian Premier Elio di Rupo and five other heads of governments from European Union countries to stake out a common socialist position before all EU leaders gather in Ypres June 26. The summit is being held in the Belgian town as part of World War I centenary commemorations.