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Macron visits London to discuss Brexit and mark de Gaulle's "Appel" - Politics

French President Emmanual Macron is visiting London today to mark the 80th anniversary of the "Appel" given by French general Charles de Gaulle from London on the 18th June 1940 when Nazi German invaded France during World War 2.

This is Macrons first trip outside of France since the French government put France under lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus. The discussions are said to revolve around the pandemic, the measures that travellers from either country may face as well as the current negotiations around Brexit.

Emmanual Macron will also be hosted by Prince Charles who is next in line to the throne.

Dominic Rabb told LBC Radio that We’ve agreed on both sides to energise and intensify the talks, we don’t want to hang around, we’re not going to wait for this to be dragged out into the autumn and the winter,”

Rabb said that the visit from the French president shows that “with France when we’ve had sometimes a difficult relationship at points in our history, that actually when it really counts we stand shoulder to shoulder together”

“There are a huge range of issues, Brexit, COVID, I’m cooperating very closely with the French on Iran, the Middle East and on Hong Kong and actually it’s a really important relationship and we’re proud he’s coming here to bestow that honour on London and on the British people.”

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