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Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Scholz to meet, in effort to Mend Relations

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron will hold talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Sunday as part of the Council of Ministers, the Elysee Palace informs.

Scholz will arrive in Paris on Sunday to attend a ceremony marking 60 years since the signing of the Elysée Treaty of Friendship by Germany’s Konrad Adenauer and France’s Charles de Gaulle in January 1963.

Scholz and Macron will then attend the 24th Franco-German Council of Ministers, originally planned for autumn last year, the Elysee Palace said.

The leaders of France and Germany were due to meet on October 26, 2022 amid tensions between the two countries. A meeting of the French and German governments was originally planned for this date in Fontainebleau, located 55 kilometers (34 mi) southeast of Paris.

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The meeting was postponed to January 2023 due to the busy schedule of participants rather than political disagreements, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said.

German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said in October that the participants needed more time because agreement had not yet been reached on a number of issues.

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