Cameron Holds First Meeting With Hollande
David Cameron has said his first face-to-face meeting with the French President was "very good", as world leaders start arriving at the G8 summit in the US.
Speaking at a joint news conference with the newly-elected Francois Hollande, the Prime Minister said: "President Hollande and I have had a very good meeting - we have reaffirmed the importance of the strong relationship between Britain and France."
Earlier this year, Mr Cameron snubbed the socialist presidential candidate when he visited London - but today said he had invited Mr Hollande to visit the UK "soon, to discuss all of the issues that are very much on our joint agenda."
Topics discussed at the meeting included defence, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and the economy, Mr Cameron said.
"We've discussed the economic challenges that we face and we both want to see stability in international markets," he said.
"We both want to see countries deal with their deficits and we both want to see economic growth, and I know we'll be having many more discussions about this, obviously at the G8 and in the meetings that we have in the European union next week and in subsequent meetings."
Speaking ahead of the talks with Mr Hollande, who swept to power on a promise of putting growth before austerity, the Prime Minister insisted the pair would find common ground.
"There is no conflict between austerity and growth - you need to have a strong deficit reduction programme in order to get growth," Mr Cameron told Sky's Adam Boulton.
"President Hollande believes that and I believe that."
Mr Cameron said the tresident was not proposing extra spending and actually wanted to balance the books quicker than the UK Government was planning.
"Indeed the French plan to balance their budget actually happens faster than the British plan," he said, adding: "I am sure we will find many common agendas."
One issue over which the two leaders were likely to disagree, however, is a Europe-wide financial transaction tax, supported by Mr Hollande.
The Prime Minister issued a blunt warning about the measure, which he said would not be supported by Britain.
"On the financial transaction tax I'm very clear: we're not going to get growth in Europe or in Britain by introducing a new tax that would actually hit people as well as financial institutions," Mr Cameron said.
"I don't think it's a sensible measure, I will not support it."
The G8 talks are expected to be dominated by the eurozone crisis and the threat posed to world economies, international currencies and markets by the financial collapse and political vacuum in Greece.
Before the summit began, Mr Cameron insisted Britain is in a good economic position.
"In Britain we have the advantage of having our own currency, our own central bank, a strong Government with a strong plan to get the deficit down, and taking strong action across the board to encourage growth," he said.
The Prime Minister has insisted he will do "whatever it takes" to protect the UK from the fallout from the Greek crisis - but said the coalition's deficit reduction plans would stay.
After the G8 gathering at the US President Barack Obama's country retreat at Camp David, Mr Cameron will attend a Nato summit in Chicago.
what do you think?
He'll demand action, but he won't take it. The hypocrite
Baroso and van rompuey. . Who elected you? Who gave you the mandate for anything? You don't need to go to any summit with these two little tinpot dictators Mr Cameron. You need to be at home organising an urgent referendum on Britains eu membership!
I guess all my dislikes must have money in European banks! Its all going down and what makes me laugh is that our politicians won't do the simple things. Like leave the eu.
Dave is off to meet the boss, kissing the Yanks big fat a$$.
Will he be taking Rebekah also?
You forgot to add " LOL "
Only if her horse Raisa is lame and not up for a ride! LoL
Time to report back to the bosses and tell them that everything is going according to plan !
The G8 must ignore Cameron.
I think they usually do!
The Sterling is now collapsing on the $ and every currency except the Euro. The reason being is that Cameron supports the Euro and the EU and all countries think he is potty. Over here 80% think he is terrible because he is ignoring us and in the next election the Conservatives, if they keep him and Osbourne could lose 50-70% of their seats.
You are right. Cameron is a closet LibDem who thinks the EU is wonderful and hasn't the guts or the inteliigence to distance himself from it. He will destroy the Conservative Party.
For goodness sake, there has been enough pussyfooting around. We have been committing good money after bad and making our indebtedness even worse. Facts must be faced regardless of what Germany and France want, Greece and Spain, and possibly Italy, Portugal and Ireland, should all be allowed to make a planned and controlled exit from the Euro. It was an experiment that didn't work - it was premature and the rules were waived to get as many countries tied up, in every sense, as possible.
Good comment Dave - especially the last bit. I know MP's who agree with you!
Never mind Europe and America Mr Cameron, get this country sorted out first!
Unfortunately, to a degree our destinies are inextricably linked!
Is that a picture of Cameron doing his impression of a rather bemused, clueless idiot?!! Nice job, Dave!!!
the banks and the milionares (Cameron) made money out of bying and selling currancy? you cant do that if everyone has the euro so visa vi destroy the euro zone? Cameron said we are not part of the euro zone, so why does he demand them to fix it, hipocrit comes to mind. bring back Thatcher at least we knew where we were with her.
I suppose he could also do what Miliband does - sneer and have absolutely nothing constructive to add. Milibands understanding of the economy juts abouts runs to counting the money in has pampered wallet
It sounds like you're talking about yourself again Mick! Didn't the disasterous local election results burst the Tory bubble you've been living in?
the end is nigh, greed and kebabs just dont mix, spagetti next, i havent got.a.pot to pee in but im enjoying the rich quaker in there loafers
Been drinking, foxy?!
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Cameron said Hollande was horrible before he was elected, now he says he is fantastic. He did the same with Putin in Russia and in 2010 he said the Lib Dems were bad but then he puts them into the Coalition and backs them on everything. Cameron is horrible.
I wonder what his puppet pal Nick thinks about this latest embarrassing u-turn. And what's that face all about? He always looks so poshly confused. Aarrgh!