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Macron and Sanchez seal Franco-Spanish friendship

French President Emmanuel Macron met Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Barcelona on Thursday for a “highly symbolic” summit that will bring relations between the two countries to the highest level as the mobilization in Paris was announced. campaign against his pension reform.M. Macron was greeted by Mr Sánchez at the National Art Museum of Catalonia at around 1000, where the two leaders were due to meet in private before signing a “treaty of friendship and cooperation” with much fanfare. detailed to strengthen bilateral relations on migration, defence, energy and youth issues. Even where potential mass demonstrations and strikes against his pension reform have begun in France. In recent days, cautious about the main reform of his second term, he may have to comment on this social mobilization during a joint press conference with the head of government. During a planned speech before the Spanish or French community. – “Very important” contract – French presidency The “highly symbolic” Franco-Spanish treaty for is the third signed in Europe, after the Elysée initialed by France in 1963 with Germany and completed with the Quirinal signed in 2019 in Aix-la-Chapelle and in 2021 with Italy. We have a lot to do in Barcelona. is important. Because mainly the language, cultural and economic life (between the two countries) was far ahead of the political structure. We have a real friendship with Pedro Sanchez. And so we will really present a framework,” said Mr. Macron in the daily newspaper El Pais. Europe, at a time when the Franco-German engine of the EU often seems breathless. – “Common line” about the Biden plan – Paris already “in the coming months For the European agenda, Emmanuel Macron is thinking of concretizing the “common line with Madrid” regarding Europe in Barcelona. A response to US President Joe Biden’s massive transition energy investment plan, the Deflation Act. The French president, who denounced America’s “super-aggressive” subsidies in Washington at the end of November, also wants to take massive measures. Quick decisions to prevent the flight of European companies from the EU have come to America’s aid. In a perfect tone since Davos, Pedro Sánchez was content to say on Monday on America’s CNBC that the EU should “do its homework” and reform its state aid policy. to send a “message that Europe, and certainly Spain, is a good place” to invest in companies. Emmanuel Macron also appreciates the hope of strengthening the position of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who will be in Paris to some extent. The signing of the Franco-Spanish treaty comes three months after the annulment of one of the treaties, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Elysée treaty on Sunday and attend the Franco-German council of ministers, which is supposed to resolve differences between the two leading European powers. The main differences between the two countries, which decided to bury the Midcat gas pipeline project opposed by Paris to replace it with a “green” hydrogen pipeline connecting Portugal, moved Barcelona to Marseille and christened it “H2Med”. Barcelona was rightly chosen as the host city for the summit to highlight the importance of this strategic project, but also to show that the situation is calming down in Catalonia, the scene of the secessionist attempt. In 2017. Not seeing this, several thousand Catalan separatists protested the summit on Thursday morning in a place very close to the summit, chanting “neither France nor Spain!” plans to create a rare barrier point between the two countries by making a loud demonstration. To insist at the summit on the importance of reopening as soon as possible the eight border crossing points that are still closed under the guise of the French authorities’ fight against terrorism and illegal

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