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France's Hollande congratulates Merkel on election win

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French President Francois Hollande on Sunday congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her election victory, the presidency said, after estimates suggested her party had clinched an absolute majority.

In a phone call shortly after the first poll estimates were released, both leaders "expressed their willingness... to continue their close cooperation to meet the challenges of the European project," a statement said.

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