>> A warm enough welcome for Theresa May in France, the first time the new British prime minister has met Francois Hollande, since the UK's vote to leave the EU. But make no mistake, on Brexit, there's more than just a table separating these two. Hollande's been one of the main EU cheerleaders for Britain to trigger Article 50 soon, setting in motion the UK's departure.
And here, he pressed home his point.>> We would like it to be reflected in the best possible time scale to open that negotiation, to establish what will be the relationship between the UK and Europe. For France, the sooner, the better.>> But May's all ready said it won't happen this year.
The message has appeared to go down better with Germany's Angela Merkel, Wednesday a different audience in Paris, but May stuck to a similar point.>> As I have said, Brexit means Brexit, and I firmly believe we will make a success of it. Not just for the UK, but for our European partners, too.
>> This was never about official Brexit negotiations. France is adamant that they won't begin until Article 50 is activated. Instead, it's a chance to set the tone with key EU powers but May's hint that she will be after border controls unlikely to be a positive here.>> The message that the British people gave in their vote of all the UK to leave the EU also had a very clear message that we should introduce some controls to the movement of individuals from the countries in the European Union.
>> Hollande has so far appeared steadfast that access to the EU single market means accepting freedom of movement. Here, he gave no signs of wavering. A smile and a handshake before a working dinner behind closed doors. But it seems most of the real hard talk has still been left unsaid.