Paris/Berlin, Aug. 14, 2020 German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman confirmed on Friday that she would visit French President Emmanuel Macron at his Fort de Bregancon retreat in the Mediterranean on Thursday.
The Elysee Palace on Friday also confirmed the visit, which it said would be a working meeting to cover issues due to come up at European level after the summer break.
According to the palace, the visit will include coordination about the coronavirus pandemic, the bloc’s budget, Brexit, climate and trade.
The two leaders are also to discuss EU relations with China and Africa, and current foreign policy issues such as Lebanon, Belarus and the situation in Eastern Mediterranean, where France adopted a hard line against Turkey.
Germany currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency.
“This visit is exceptional as it is the first time Merkel has been invited to the Fort de Bregancon by a French president,” the Elysee said.
The seaside fortress on the Cote d’Azur between Toulon and Saint Tropez is not a new scene for diplomatic encounters.
Macron met Russian President Vladimir Putin there last summer ahead of the summit of the G7 group of major industrial powers, a group from which Russia was excluded after invading Ukraine’s Crimea region in 2014.
In 1985, French President Francois Mitterand and German chancellor Helmut Kohl met there too.