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Macron UK visit: French President arrives to empty airport for meeting with Boris Johnson


Downing Street said Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron will most likely talk about the global fight against the coronavirus and Britain’s future relationship with the EU at talks later on Thursday. Mr Johnson’s spokesman said: “President Macron is visiting London to mark an important event in the shared history of our two countries and to commemorate the sacrifices made during the Second World War.

“But it is also an opportunity for the PM and the president to discuss a range of other issues and I expect them to talk about the global fight against coronavirus and also for our future relationship with the European Union to come up.”

Mr Macron will attend a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of General de Gaulle’s call for wartime resistance. 

It is Mr Macron’s first trip outside France and one of the most high-profile visits by a foreign leader since countries across the globe imposed lockdowns to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The main focus is for Mr Macron to mark de Gaulle’s “Appel” of June 18, 1940, a radio address he made to the French nation from the BBC headquarters in London calling for resistance to the Nazi occupation of France during World War Two.

However, it also gives Mr Macron and Mr Johnson a chance to hold face-to-face talks to discuss their responses to the pandemic, including Britain’s 14-day quarantine of travellers from abroad, as well as ongoing post-Brexit negotiations.


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