Photo Gallery: Merkel's Support of Sarkozy

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Meddling in France Merkel Forges Anti-Hollande Alliance in Europe

Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed with other conservative European leaders to help President Nicolas Sarkozy in the French election campaign by spurning his Socialist challenger François Hollande, SPIEGEL has learned. Merkel's interference is causing tension in her own government.