Labour leader Ed Miliband will become the first senior British politician to visit French president François Hollande at the Élysée Palace on Tuesday, when tackling youth unemployment will top the agenda.
Hollande made his first presidential visit to the UK earlier this month, meeting David Cameron for talks following his election victory in May which saw him oust Nicolas Sarkozy after just one term.
But the prime minister’s refusal to meet Hollande when he was running for election against his centre-right ally is believed to have put a strain on relations between London and Paris.
In contrast, Miliband hosted a lunch for the Socialist presidential candidate when he came to London during the election campaign in February – a courtesy now being repaid by Hollande.
The Labour leader arrived in Paris with aides on Monday night when he was due to meet with Pierre Moscovici, the French finance minister. Miliband will meet Hollande on Tuesday morning as figures show a “youth unemployment emergency across Europe”, according to an aide to the Labour leader…
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