French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) and his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel voiced "concern" about Trump at talks in Paris on January 28, 2017 (AFP Photo/GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT)
AFP: EU leaders vow 'firm' response to Trump
Paris (AFP) - The EU's traditional power couple France and Germany expressed mounting alarm Saturday at key decisions by US President Donald Trump in his first week in office, saying they raised many issues of concern.
French President Francois Hollande vowed a "firm" response to a growing list of pronouncements by the maverick tycoon, including his encouragement for Brexit and suspension of all refugee arrivals.
"We must conduct firm dialogue with the new American administration which has shown it has its own approach to the problems we all face," the French leader said after a meeting of southern EU countries in Lisbon, flanked by fellow leaders.
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WNU Editor: Most of these EU leaders and officials will be gone by the end of this year. French President Hollande's poll numbers are in the teens .... prompting him to drop our of this year's Presidential election. German Chancellor Merkel poll numbers are also approaching dismally low numbers and putting her chances of re-election into question .... GERMAN ELECTIONS: Opposition leader Martin Schulz levels with Angela Merkel in new poll (Business Insider). For them to lecture President Trump .... while their own electorate is deserting them .... is not going unnoticed.