France's Macron to meet Italian PM on Sunday

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to meet French President Emmanuel Macron in France on May 29, Western media cited French officials as saying.

Macron said he has "no doubt" the cooperation will continue, adding that he will discuss defense and security issues with President Donald Trump during a working lunch at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday. Without the money, Greece would struggle to meet its obligations and would again face another brush with bankruptcy, as it has done on various occasions over the past seven years, most recently in the summer of 2015.

The French leader says he will discuss defense and security issues with Trump during a working lunch at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday.

"Germany can not intervene, considering its doctrine, as quickly and as efficiently as France", Macron said, referring to German sensitivities about sending forces overseas except for peace missions, in part due to memories of Nazi militarism.

The meeting, confirmed by the Kremlin, will coincide with an exhibition celebrating 300 years of Franco-Russian ties since the visit of Russian tsar Peter the Great to France in 1717.

Macron said he discussed the issue this week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Nineteen French soldiers have died serving in Mali since 2013 when Hollande launched an intervention to chase out jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda who had overtaken key northern cities, according to the latest defence ministry figures.

"France de facto ensures Europe's security, in Mali and in other theaters of operations".

Speaking during a trip to Mali, where some 4,000 French soldiers are deployed, Macron said France would work in close cooperation with Germany, but called on other European Union states to support military and development efforts in the region.

At a joint news conference with Keita, he also asked Germany to provide more support to French-led efforts to eradicate the extremists.

Macron called for Germany to do more in Africa to help protect Europe from the threat of Islamist terrorism.

French President Emmanuel Macron has kicked off his visit to Mali, his first official trip outside Europe since his May 7 election.

But Macron's position puts him at odds with Germany where Greek debt relief - following three different bailouts with public money for the country since 2010 - is seen as a vote loser ahead of general elections in September.

  • Zachary Reyes