France's Hollande plays euro poker with Merkel

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PARIS (Reuters) - Determined to show voters he is not Angela Merkel's doormat and convinced he is well positioned to get his way, French President Francois Hollande is discarding diplomatic codes as he resets relations with a politically weakened German government. The Socialist is taking his own stand on solutions to the euro zone crisis where for years Paris stood alongside Berlin. He is building alliances with leaders in Rome and Madrid who back his challenge to German-imposed austerity. ...