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Hurdles to Franco-German grand bargain on eurozone high as political views differ

Paris wants deeper integration of the currency bloc but Berlin plays it cool ahead of elections this year

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Mr Macron (centre) wants to strengthen the eurozone with help from German Chancellor Angela Merkel but people close to her say they do not expect her to make a strong case for deeper European integration during the election campaign in the lead-up to the polls.

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MIDWAY through their news conference in Berlin last month, French President Emmanuel Macron turned to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and laid out a quid pro quo on strengthening Europe's single currency project.

"Everyone has a job to do," he said.

"I have to press

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