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Published on November 15, 2012
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Telephone Conversation between President François Hollande and President Barack Obama
Paris, November 8, 2012

The French President called President Barack Obama to offer him his sincere congratulations on his election to a second term as President of the United States of America.

President Hollande underscored the importance of President Obama’s victory for relations between the United States and France, but also with Europe.

President Hollande and President Obama agreed to work even more intensively together to promote economic growth, fight unemployment and resolve major international crises.

They tasked their staffs with stepping up exchanges and examining the ways to give new momentum to bilateral cooperation on all issues of common interest.


Letter of congratulations from President Hollande to President Obama
Paris, November 7, 2012

Dear Mr. President, [Handwritten] Dear Barack,

The American people have just renewed their confidence in you for the next four years. On behalf of all French people and on my own behalf, I offer you my warmest congratulations. This is an important moment, not just for the United States but for the world.

Your re-election is a clear choice for an America that is open, that demonstrates solidarity, is fully engaged on the international scene and is aware of the challenges facing our planet: peace, the economy and the environment.

France and the United States share common values. I am convinced that during your new term we will further strengthen our partnership in order to restore growth, address unemployment in our countries and find solutions to the crises we are facing, notably in the Middle East.

I know that our cooperation will continue in the same spirit of dialogue and respect, and I want to assure you of France’s commitment to strengthening the bonds of friendship and trust between us.

[Complimentary close]

[Handwritten in English] Friendly,

François Hollande


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