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France's Hollande: Vote for Brexit a grave test for Europe

The French president says he respects the British decision and that exit talks should be swift

AFP , Reuters , Friday 24 Jun 2016
French President Francois Hollande. (AFP)
French President Francois Hollande arrives prior to a speech after Britain voted to leave the European Union on June 24, 2016 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (AFP)
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French President Francois Hollande said Friday that Britain's vote to leave the EU was a "grave test for Europe" in view of the economic and financial consequences.

"The British vote poses a grave test for Europe, which must show solidity and strength in its response to the economic and financial risks," Hollande said.

French President added that he respected the British vote to quit the European Union and that negotiations over its exit must be swift.

Hollande said the Brexit vote posed a serious challenge to Europe and that the bloc must focus on its key priorities like security and defense, border protection and job creation as well as reinforcing the euro zone.

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