New French President Emmanuel Macron is promising tough talk at his first meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday (29/05), following an election campaign when his team accused Russian media of trying to interfere in the democratic process.(Reuters Photo/Christian Hartmann)

France's Macron Meets Merkel Monday, French Troops Abroad Soon After


MAY 13, 2017

Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Berlin on Monday (15/05), a day after his inauguration, aims at stressing the importance of the relationship with Germany to relaunch the European project, an aide said, confirming the visit.

"We want to work together on a few priorities: security, economy, investment and social protection," the aide told Reuters on Friday.

Like outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande in 2012, Macron's meeting with Merkel will be his first overseas port of call since winning the May 7 election.

His aide, who declined to be identified, said Macron would also visit French troops abroad "very quickly" after Berlin.

France has thousands of troops spanning across West Africa hunting down Islamist militants, including bases in Mali and Chad.

It also has bases in Djibouti and the United Arab Emirates as well as small contingents in Jordan and northern Iraq as part of a US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in the region.