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French president says no climate deal in Paris if rich countries don't commit adequate funds

  • French President Francois Hollande, left, toasts with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a state dinner at the Malacanang presidential palace, Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Hollande is in the country for a two-day visit. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, Pool)

    French President Francois Hollande, left, toasts with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a state dinner at the Malacanang presidential palace, Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Hollande is in the country for a two-day visit. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Fisherfolk install a tarpaulin to welcome Friday's visit of French President Francois Hollande at sunset in the typhoon-ravaged Guiuan township, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Hollande arrived Thursday for a two-day state visit which is expected to focus on climate change. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Fisherfolk install a tarpaulin to welcome Friday's visit of French President Francois Hollande at sunset in the typhoon-ravaged Guiuan township, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Hollande arrived Thursday for a two-day state visit which is expected to focus on climate change. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • With their damaged school building in the background, schoolchildren of Guiuan East Central School rehearse their number in preparation for Friday's visit of French President Francois Hollande Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at the typhoon-ravaged Guiuan township, Eastern Samar province in central Philippines. Hollande arrived Thursday for a two-day state visit which is expected to focus on climate change.  (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    With their damaged school building in the background, schoolchildren of Guiuan East Central School rehearse their number in preparation for Friday's visit of French President Francois Hollande Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at the typhoon-ravaged Guiuan township, Eastern Samar province in central Philippines. Hollande arrived Thursday for a two-day state visit which is expected to focus on climate change. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

French President Francois Hollande says a landmark climate deal may not be reached in Paris in December if wealthy countries don't commit adequate funds to help poor nations fight global warming.

In a visit to Manila to launch an international appeal to back efforts to conclude a climate change accord, Hollande said Thursday there will be no deal "if developing countries are convinced that nothing is being done to facilitate their energy transition."

Organizers hope the Paris pact will be the first time that most countries in the world agree to do something about climate change. Previously only rich countries have pledged to limit their emissions of gases that cause global warming, primarily carbon dioxide, from the burning of coal, oil and gas.