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Sarkozy Asks Merkel to Join a Visit to Obama, Hu, Le Monde Says

October 12, 2011

Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy has asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel to travel with him to Beijing and Washington this month for talks with Chinese and U.S. leaders before a November summit of world leaders, Le Monde reported, citing an unnamed French official.

Sarkozy and Merkel would see President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao, traveling after an Oct. 23 European Union summit in Brussels where they will discuss plans to rescue European banks and the euro-region crisis, the French newspaper reported on its website today.

A German government spokesman in Berlin, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said no such joint trip is planned. Merkel is currently on a tour of Vietnam and Mongolia. Franck Louvrier, spokesman for Sarkozy, wasn’t immediately reachable when called by Bloomberg News.

--Editors: Leon Mangasarian, James Hertling.

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