Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (l.) talks with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy at the start of a working session of the EU-Mediterranean summit in Paris, July 13, 2008.
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France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (l.) welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Aug. 16, 2011.
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Merkel and Sarkozy have forged a close working relationship during the European Financial Crisis.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is welcomed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, for a French-German cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Feb. 6, 2012.
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President Sarkozy speaks with Chancellor Merkel during a round table session at an EU summit in Brussels on Dec. 9, 2011.
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Greenpeace militants wearing masks to depict French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel drive down the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, April 10, 2008 in a mocked wedding ceremony.
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President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel leave a news conference following their talks at the Chancellery in Berlin on Jan. 9, 2012.
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President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel walk near a beach in Deauville on Oct. 18, 2010. Merkel and Sarkozy were in Deauville to attend a tripartite summit between France, Germany, and Russia.
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France's President Nicolas Sarkozy greets Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Elysee Palace ahead of Armistice Day World War One commemoration ceremonies in Paris at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Nov. 11, 2009.
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Chancellor Merkel talks with President Sarkozy at the start of a working session of the EU-Mediterranean summit in Paris, July 13, 2008. Some 43 heads of state and government were attending the French-inspired summit intended to revitalize cooperation between the European Union and Mediterranean countries.
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President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel wave after the French President's arrival outside the German Chancellery in Berlin on June 17, 2011.
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Anti G20 demonstrators wearing masks portraying Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (r.) and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy take part in an action against globalization in Nice, southeastern France, Nov. 3, 2011.
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President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel exchange words as they attend a joint press conference after crisis talks with Greece's Prime Minister on the eve of a G20 summit of major world economies in Cannes, France, Nov. 2, 2011.