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Terrorism and European affairs top Spain-France summit

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Terrorism and European affairs top Spain-France summit


Terrorism and European affairs have topped the agenda during a bilateral summit between Spain and France. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was host to French President Jacques Chirac in the north-eastern city of Zaragoza. The EU constitution and the stability pact as well as cross border co-operation were discussed.

Six French ministers including those for defence, home and foreign affairs held talks with their Spanish counterparts. Following a spate of attacks by the Basque separatists ETA in Spain joint work on security was all the more relevant. Both nations have worked closely in the crackdown against the group detaining more than 100 ETA suspects on both sides of the border this year. In what appears to be a continuation of those efforts, French police detained one of the spokesmen of a militant group that defends imprisoned members of ETA.

Dozens of supporters of the organisation gathered to protest at the arrests in Bayonne in France, showing their anger as the police cars drove away with the detainees.
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