President Mauricio Macri spoke to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron today, and agreed to hold a meeting during the upcoming G-20 Summit that will take place in the German city of Hamburg on July 7 and 8. This conversation is their first contact since Macron won the presidential elections in France on May 14, beating National Front leader Marine Le Pen in the runoff for the presidency.
According to press reports, the heads of state had a 15-minute-long conversation where among other things, Macron echoed comments made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week, stating that he will support Argentina’s initiative to move forward with a trade agreement between the Mercosur trading bloc and the European Union. In fact, Macri will speak before members of the French Parliament in the city of Strasbourg on July 6 to try to get them on board as well.
Moreover, the French president told Macri that his administration will also help Argentina organize this year’s World Trade Organization (WTO) summit, which will take place in Buenos Aires this coming December.