Hollande to Address Malta Commonwealth Summit on Climate Change

  • French leader invited to speak about to leaders on Friday
  • Will push leaders to support deal at next week's Paris summit

French President Francois Hollande has been invited to attend a summit of leaders of the Commonwealth, a grouping of countries mostly drawn from Britain’s former colonies, when they meet in Malta this week, to discuss his push for a deal on tackling climate change.

Hollande will host a United Nations summit in Paris next week at which delegates will be discussing how to reach an accord to control temperature rises. While the terrorist attacks on the French capital have taken over the political agenda, he is continuing to press for a climate agreement.

His trip to Malta is part of the lobbying effort, according to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s office. The leaders of Britain and 52 countries, most of which used to be part of its empire, are meeting for two days to discuss development and security, and Hollande has been asked to address them on Friday afternoon.

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