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Hollande says Europe must learn from refugee tragedy

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Europe must draw lessons from the latest refugee shipwreck off Italy and work to prevent further deaths, French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday.

Hollande also said he would "suggest in the coming days a policy to our partners which will revolve around the three points of prevention, solidarity, protection".

These would involve more European support for countries in which the Arab Spring uprisings took place as well as beefed up surveillance on the border, he said.

The European Union "cannot allow itself to see people dying off its coasts in dreadful conditions to flee misery or wars", the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur quoted Hollande as saying in an interview.

Hollande said Europe "must draw lessons" from the tragedy a week ago off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa which is feared to have left 300 African migrants dead.

Hollande's interview will be published Thursday by the French magazine as well as the Belgian newspapers Le Soir and Der Standard.

The French government has promised to raise the issue of migration policies at a meeting of European Union leaders later this month.

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