U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande have issued a joint call for other nations to join them in seeking an agreement to curb climate change.
In a joint opinion piece in both "The Washington Post" and "Le Monde" on February 10, the two leaders called for support "in pursuit of an ambitious and inclusive global agreement" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions "through concrete actions" at a climate conference in Paris in 2015.
Obama and Hollande wrote that the two countries are enjoying a "model" relationship due to cooperation on a host of global issues, including the Syrian crisis and Iran's nuclear program.
Hollande travels to the United States for a state visit on February 11.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, dpa, and washingtonpost.com