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Putin to meet with Macron in Paris on May 29

Putin to meet with Macron in Paris on May 29

France and Germany have brokered peace talks between the Ukrainian and Russian governments since 2014.

GAO, Mali (AP) - On his first official trip outside Europe, new French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday highlighted his determination to crush extremism but said "other countries can do more" to help protect Europe from the threat.

"We have made huge progress on the policy package on which so much work has been done", Dijsselbloem said. He was visiting France's largest overseas military operation, which is combating jihadist groups in West Africa.

"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.

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The presence of French Development Agency chief Remy Rioux in the President's entourage is taken as a sign that Mr Macron wants to put more emphasis on economic development in its former colonies.

The 39-year-old sought to emphasise his new role as army commander-in-chief with an African trip created to stress the importance of France fighting militants in Mali and the broader Sahel region, who he said still posed a potential threat to Europe.

Addressing a joint news conference with Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in Gao today, he praised a crucial and exemplary intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States for military operations in Africa's Sahel region.

Putin and Macron spoke by phone last week, with the Russian president congratulating Macron on his inauguration and expressed his intention to strengthen bilateral relations.

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But he insisted that the other countries understood Trump's refusal to decide now, even if they did not support that position. However, the other G7 leaders pledged to "reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement ".

France, which has been hard hit by Islamist attacks resulting in more than 230 deaths in its territory in the past two years, remains in a state of emergency and its military has about 4,000 soldiers deployed in five countries in the Sahel, including Mali and Niger.

He added that forcing Greece to leave the eurozone posed a danger which could lead to the "unraveling" of the 19-country area which uses the common European currency.

Macron also said that he had spoken with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika about regional security on Thursday by telephone.

He also will have lunch with troops, tour a surgical unit, have a briefing on military operations and give a speech to French forces.

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The two newly-minted leaders met in Brussels on Thursday and shook hands in full view of the press. According to the Associated Press , "both men's jaws seemed to clench" during the gesture.

France, the former colonial power in Mali, intervened in 2013 to drive al-Qaeda-linked militants from the region.

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