David Cameron authorised UK assistance to France in its military campaign in Mali last night, in a move which had overtones of operations in Libya and even Afghanistan.
Francois Hollande is seeking a "different way" through Europe's economic troubles, Ed Miliband has said after meeting with the French president.
David Cameron and Francois Hollande did their best to put a brave face on past difficulties today, when the French president made his first trip to Downing Street.
After months of snubs and thinly-concealed barbs, David Cameron and the new French president will finally meet in the neutral territory of Washington DC today.
Cameron wins on points but no-one comes off particularly well on a lazy day in Westminster.
Ed Miliband has mocked David Cameron for claiming new French president Francois Hollande as an ally in this week's prime minister's questions.
The prime minister conducts foreign policy like a child in the play ground – making snap judgements which often are to his disadvantage.
Britain is "indifferent to the fate of the euro area", the new French president has said, in a sign relations between London and Paris may cool with the arrival of a left-wing leader.
Ed Miliband held high-level talks with French presidential candidate Francois Hollande today, in a meeting which could start a distinct new phase for the European left.