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French PM fears deal to keep Britain in EU unlikely in February

French PM Manuel Valls warned Thursday that a deal on reforms to help keep Britain in the European Union is unlikely to be struck at a pivotal summit of the bloc`s leaders in February.

Paris: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned Thursday that a deal on reforms to help keep Britain in the European Union is unlikely to be struck at a pivotal summit of the bloc`s leaders in February.

Asked about the chance of reaching a deal on British demands next month, Valls told journalists at an conference in Davos, Switzerland: "No, I think it will need more time.

The discussions only started a short time ago." Nevertheless, Valls said he hoped a solution could be found at the meeting.