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So long, Angela! Macron to meet Merkel for farewell trip despite ongoing fishing crisis

Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer will join tonight Mr Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron in Beaune, a town in Burgundy surrounded by the Côte d’Or vineyards. The location is historic, as former French President François Mitterrand met former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl there in 1993.

Mr Macron will give his “friend,” as he has called Mrs Merkel for years, the highest award of the French Legion of Honour, the Grand Cross.

Mr Macron’s office said the invitation was “in honour” of the German Chancellor, adding that the French president “was keen for this meeting to take place in a city whose historical monuments and wine culture illustrate the richness of French heritage”.

Mrs Merkel’s office said it was “a sign of the close relations between Germany and France, but of course also of the particularly trusting and good personal cooperation between the chancellor and the French President”.

It will be a personal farewell event, Politico reports.

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The day after the farewell dinner the talks between France and Britain should continue as the French punishment measures are on hold until Thursday.

It follows Mr Macron’s threats to put more checks on British lorries in a row over fishing licences.

He said: “The talks need to continue. My wish is that we can find a way out on all these issues.”

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