“France does not exclude the delivery of Leclerc tanks to Ukraine,” Macron said

On the 60th anniversary of the armistice between Germany and France, Emmanuel Macron hosts German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Paris on Sunday for a highly symbolic meeting after months of turmoil within the European bloc’s driving force. Watch the events of the day live.

  • 18:30: “Nothing is ruled out” on the delivery of tanks to Leclerc in Ukraine, says Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron said “nothing is excluded” regarding the delivery of Leclerc tanks to Ukraine. “I asked the Minister of Armed Forces to work on this,” he said during a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Sunday evening.

However, the head of state listed three conditions for this delivery: firstly, “it should not escalate”, secondly, “it should be able to provide real and effective support to our Ukrainian friends” and thirdly, “it should not weaken our defense capabilities”.

Answering the question about the Leopard tanks, Olaf Scholz said that “the way we have acted in the past is always closely connected with our friends and allies, and we will continue to act according to the specific situation.”

  • 18:10: H2Med hydrogen pipeline project “will be extended to Germany”, Emmanuel Macron announces

French President Emmanuel Macron announced at the press conference at the end of this Franco-German day that the underwater pipeline intended to transport gas and then green hydrogen between Barcelona and Marseille will be extended to Germany. “Germany will be a partner in this hydrogen infrastructure strategy,” said Emmanuel Macron.

This European-funded pipeline, called H2Med, aims to replace the MidCat gas pipeline project, which was abandoned in 2019 due to its environmental impact and later deemed to be of limited economic interest.

  • 17:47: Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz meet 24 young Franco-German talents

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met at the Elysée Palace on Sunday afternoon at the first launch event of the young French-German network Young Talents, Generation Europe.

According to OFAJ, this network brings together young people up to the age of 35 working professionally and/or voluntarily, living in France and Germany, from various sectors such as economy, politics, civil society, management and culture. German Youth Office).

  • 4:03 p.m.: Paris-Berlin reunion, an important event for the Germans

Federal government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit wrote that the Elysee treaty between Germany and France “is a symbol of two hostile countries that became friends during the Second World War.” on his Twitter accountThe chairman of the Bundestag, Bärbel Bas, mentioned the “need for a new impetus” for the French-German relations.

Emmanuel Chaze, France 24’s correspondent in Berlin, discusses the challenges facing the French-German couple in recent times and the importance of this union.

  • 14:02: “Vladimir Putin’s imperialism will not win!”, insists Olaf Scholz

At the Sorbonne, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz contented himself with assuring that France and Germany “will continue to provide Ukraine with all the support it needs as long as necessary.” “Vladimir Putin’s imperialism will not win!” – he insisted.

Our international columnist Gauthier Rybinski analyzes France-Germany relations on the set of France 24.

  • 12.35pm: Germany and France must be “pioneers in rebuilding” Europe, Macron says

Emmanuel Macron asked France and Germany to be the “pioneers of the reconstruction” of Europe during his speech at the Sorbonne on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the armistice between the two countries.

The head of state declared before Chancellor Olaf Scholz that “since Germany and France have cleared the path to reconciliation, they should be the pioneers for the reconstruction of our Europe.”

Emmanuel Macron specifically mentioned the need to “build a new energy model”, promote “tomorrow’s innovations and technologies” or “encourage a European Union” capable of establishing itself as a geopolitical power in terms of defense. in space issues, in diplomatic issues”.

  • 12:12: The “future” of Europe, according to Scholz, rests on the Franco-German “locomotive”

At the ceremony held at the Sorbonne in Paris, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz declared that the “future” of Europe is based on the Franco-German “locomotive”.

“The future, like the past, depends on the cooperation of our two countries as the engine of a united Europe,” the chancellor said, describing the “French-German engine” as a “compromise machine that allows for transformation.” disputes and divergent interests become convergent activity”.

  • 10:30: Emmanuel Macron received Chancellor Olaf Scholes at the Sorbonne

After the display of differences, the Franco-German couple is looking for a new lease of life: Emmanuel Macron receives Olaf Scholz in Paris to demonstrate a certain rediscovered unity on the occasion of the solemn 60th anniversary of the peace treaty between Germany and France.

After the ceremony at the Sorbonne, the French president and the German chancellor meet at the Elysée in the afternoon for the Franco-German Council of Ministers.

In October, the annual meeting had to be postponed due to disagreements on a number of key topics, from energy to defense. As a result, the meeting between the top two powers of the European Union will be scrutinized this time to determine the degree of their agreement.

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The date of the meeting is highly symbolic: it is sixty years since the signing of the Elysée Treaty by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer, which “marked the end of decades, if not centuries, of fierce rivalry and bloody wars.” two leaders in a column published in the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Sunday newspaper.

with AFP

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