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The French President and the German Chancellor on Thursday said it was necessary to maintain a close dialogue with their US counterpart, despite disagreements on topics such as the fight against global warming.
Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel had just finished a Franco-German council of ministers meeting when they discussed Donald Trump, Efe reported.
"The US is a strategic partner for France and for Europe in many areas," Macron said, adding that it was for that reason that frequent dialogue with Trump was important.
Trump had arrived for a visit to Paris and was preparing to take part in the Bastille Day celebrations on Friday.
"I invited President Trump and it surprised me that it caused so much debate and protest, because it is the 100th anniversary of the American army's intervention on our side in World War I," Macron added.
Merkel reiterated Macron's sentiment, insisting that cooperation with the US, especially with regards to security, was necessary in the global war against terror.
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