Macron meets von der Leyen as France kicks off EU Council Presidency

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French President Emmanuel Macron met present connected Friday with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arsenic France took implicit the rotating six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).

At a property conference, Macron outlined the French Presidency's docket and said that Paris volition absorption connected promoting the EU successful the international community, pushing the integer translation and protecting the EU's outer borders, Xinhua quality bureau reported.

Von der Leyen recalled the solidarity betwixt European countries during the pandemic. She said that implicit 70 per cent of the EU's big colonisation person present been afloat vaccinated against Covid-19 and that the EU aims to donate and present 1.7 cardinal vaccine doses astir the satellite by the mediate of this year.

"France takes implicit the EU Council Presidency successful the peculiar discourse of the pandemic," said von der Leyen.

"I judge it is precocious clip for the 'Europe of defense' to determination up a gear," she said, stressing the request for a genuine Defense Union.

Macron and von der Leyen agreed that the ongoing negotiations to resoluteness the tensions betwixt Russia and Ukraine indispensable impact the EU, with Macron adding that "It's a bully happening that determination are discussions betwixt the US and Russia."

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