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Merkel shows interest in Sarkozy rival

Forget 'Merkozy' and get ready for 'Merkollande'. German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears to be weighing up the growing prospect of the Socialist candidate, Francois Hollande, becoming the next French president.

According to Germany's 'Der Spiegel' magazine, Ms Merkel has performed a French presidential election policy U-turn and made a series of "unofficial contacts" with the Hollande camp after noting that his popularity had outstripped that of Nicolas Sarkozy in the polls. (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent