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Francois Hollande: France Will Not Help David Cameron With EU Reforms

04/08/2013 11:33 BST | Updated 04/08/2013 11:34 BST
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French President Francois Hollande (L) and British Prime Minister David Cameron arrive for a roundtable meeting at the EU headquarters on June 7, 2013 in Brussels, during European Union leaders summit. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Thursday announced a political deal on the EU's hotly contested 2014-2020 trillion-euro budget, hours before an EU summit mulls how to get millions of jobless youths back into the workplace. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS (Photo credit should read BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

David Cameron has been privately told by the French president that his country will not go out of its way to help him win key “reforms” of the European Union ahead of a referendum on UK membership.

Francois Hollande has warned the Prime Minister that France will not agree to concessions being made by the rest of the EU just to help his own domestic “agenda,” The Sunday Telegraph has learned.

Mr Hollande’s tough stance, spelled out privately in the “margins” of official meetings in Paris, Brussels, Northern Ireland and elsewhere - is an opening play in a high-stakes game of diplomatic poker.