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Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, left, and French President Francois Hollande leave after a news conference following a Franco-Spanish summit at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, left, and French President Francois Hollande leave after a news conference following a Franco-Spanish summit at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, left, and French President Francois Hollande leave after a news conference following a Franco-Spanish summit at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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