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Posted at 05:26 AM ET, 05/26/2011

Obama heads to G-8 meeting in Deauville, France


President Obama boards Air Force One on his way from London to a G-8 meeting in Deauville, France. (TOBY MELVILLE - REUTERS)
President Obama and a group of other world leaders are expected Thursday to discuss how they will offer financial assistance to Tunisia and Egypt as those two nations seek to transition to more democratic governments.

The president will attend sessions with the Group of Eight industrialized nations in Deauville, France on Thursday, continuing his four-country trip to Europe. Those nations could make a group financial pledge to Egypt and Tunisia, building on Obama’s promise last week of $2 billion in loan guarantees and debt relief for Egypt.

Obama will also hold private meetings with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan. The G-8 also includes Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain and Italy.

Jobs, jobs, jobs

Even as the president remains abroad, the White House announced Wednesday that the president would head to Raleigh, N.C. on June 13 for the second meeting of the jobs council he created earlier this year. He will also visit a Chrysler plant next week in Toledo to tout the company’s repayment of government loans and defend Obama’s decision to offer the company federal aid in 2009.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  |  05:26 AM ET, 05/26/2011

 
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