Macron welcomes Scholz as France, Germany seek common ground after Merkel

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PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Paris for an inaugural working meeting on Friday, when the two most powerful EU leaders will begin the search for common ground to tackle crises within the bloc and beyond. Heading the agenda, French officials say, will be tensions over Ukraine, which U.S. officials believe could face a Russian invasion early next year, and Macron’s priorities for France’s six-month European Union presidency, which starts on Jan. 1 Macron developed a friendly relationship with Scholz’s long-time predecessor Angela …

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