Merkel and Sarkozy frequently issued joint declarations on the eurozone crisis, but the conservative German chancellor and the Socialist Hollande initially appeared at odds over how to handle it. Hollande has been critical of Germany's focus on painful austerity measures and called for a greater emphasis on growth.
Still, the pair has stressed the need for Germany and France to work together, and last month's summit featured an agreement on a package meant to encourage growth.
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