President Francois Hollande with President Barack Obama
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Francois Hollande arrives in US for state visit

11 February 2014 Last updated at 05:07 GMT

President Francois Hollande is beginning the first full state visit to the United States by a French president in nearly 20 years.

In articles published jointly in US and French newspapers, they said "our deepening partnership offers a model for international cooperation".

The trip comes as Mr Hollande is mired in low approval ratings at home and a personal scandal.

Barbara Plett Usher reports.

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