French President Francois Hollande (L) waves as he is greeted by his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul during an official welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Ankara on January 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN
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French President Francois Hollande arrived in Turkey on Monday for a state visit amid a political crisis plaguing the Turkish government and turmoil roiling his private life.Hollande's two-day visit is the first by a French head of state in 22 years and reflects a thaw in ties that were frosty over France's stance on Turkish accession to the EU and the genocide of Armenians. Hollande's goal will be to try to fix damaged political and economic ties with France's NATO ally, bringing with him seven ministers and a 40-strong delegation of business leaders.'Turkey must abide by democratic commitments'French companies enjoyed a more successful 2013, sealing deals in Turkey worth 15 billion euros ($20 billion).
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