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Hollande to raise climate change, TTIP at G7 in Japan

The heads of state of the US, the UK, Italy, Germany, Canada, Italy and Japan at the G7 summit in Ise-Shima AFP

French President Fran├žois Hollande arrived in Japan Thursday to attend the G7 summit of rich nations. He planned to follow up on last year's Cop21 climate talks in Paris, push for fiscal transparency, oppose the TTIP trade agreement as it stands and call for protection of cultural sites from terrorist attacks.

Hollande arrived for the summit in the Japanese town of Ise-Shima on Thursday.

The summit was set to discuss reviving the world economy and fighting terrorism.

Hollande's office indicated that he intended to "continue the momentum started at the Cop21 on global warming and make progress on fiscal transparency and the fight against the financing of terrorist activities".

With American President Barack Obama in attendance, Hollande was also intending to express his opposition to the TTIP transatlantic trade deal "at this stage" in negotiations between the US and the European Union, describing what was on offer as "free trade without rules".

France also hoped to propose new initiatives on health and the price of medicines and the "preservation of the cultural heritage from terrorist attacks", following the destruction by armed Islamists of sites in Timbuktu in Mali, Mosul and Nimrud in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria.