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French premier rejects 'caricature' view of country as sick, pledges to see through reforms

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and the Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, left, attend a press conference following their meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and the Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, left, attend a press conference following their meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and the Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, left, leave a press conference following their meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and the Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, left, leave a press conference following their meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Prime Minister of France Manuel Valls, left, attend a press conference following their meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Prime Minister of France Manuel Valls, left, attend a press conference following their meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)  (The Associated Press)

France's prime minister has dismissed the view that his country is "sick," and insisted that it is both willing and able to carry out economic reforms.

German daily Bild on Monday referred to France as "Krankreich" — a play on words in German that translates as "sick country."

Without naming the paper, Prime Minister Manuel Valls called such descriptions "caricatures" and urged Germany to have greater confidence in France.

Valls spoke after a meeting in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.