France is ready to make a “win-win” deal to avoid a British exit from the European Union but will block any changes which “weaken” the EU, the French economy minister said on Monday.

Emmanuel Macron was speaking after talks with George Osborne who was in Paris to discuss Britain’s demands for EU reform before an in-out referendum planned in the UK next year or in 2017.

Mr Macron dismissed all chance of an early change in the EU treaties:

As things stand in [European public opinion], the answer to any proposal to change the treaties in the near future is likely to be ‘no’ in all countries.

  • Emmanuel Macron, French economy minister
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