French President Francois Hollande gestures after his address on the opening day of the Gotthard rail tunnel, at the southern portal in Pollegio, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (Ruben Sprich/Pool Photo via AP)
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In March, Hollande warned that a British exit from the 28-nation bloc would have an impact "in many areas," including the single European market, the financial sector and bilateral economic ties.Hollande Wednesday drew a parallel between the construction of the 57-km (35-mile) Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT), which opened under the Swiss Alps, with another trailblazing project, the Channel Tunnel.On Monday, a poll published for The Guardian newspaper showed the "leave" vote at 52 percent against 48 percent for staying.
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