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French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the ratification ceremony for the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday an international deal on climate change agreed in Paris last year was still far from being implemented and called on countries to ensure it was ratified by year-end.

"The immediate urgency is to ensure the (climate agreement) is put into action by year-end. That's far from being achieved. I ask you to double your efforts to push countries where you reside to ratify the accord before Marrakech," he said addressing an annual gathering of French ambassadors.

(Reporting By John Irish; Editing by Andrew Callus)

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