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French President Francois Hollande (L) stands next to German Economy Minister Gabrie before a meeting with European social democratic leaders at the castle of La Celle-Saint-Cloud, near Paris, France, August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande warned on Tuesday that tensions in Ukraine had worsened in recent months and were at risk of further deteriorating.

Hollande said he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had had contact throughout August with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.

"This summer, the situation has become much worse. The risks of escalation are high," Hollande told an annual gathering of French ambassadors.

(Reporting by John Irish; writing by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Ingrid Melander)

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