Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Macron arrives in Canada, meets Trudeau ahead of G7 Summit

Macron arrives in Canada, meets Trudeau ahead of G7 Summit

European leaders criticize the US decision to impose protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum and to exit the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

The French president said that he would have a "useful" and "frank" exchange with Mr Trump at the next G7 summit in Canada on June 7 and 8 about issues on which they agree, and those where they disagree.

"But we don't have high expectations they will influence President Trump", he said.

Germany is making steps towards the French position on how to reform the euro zone, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.

According to the official report of the White house, the leaders discussed issues of trade and migration.

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Expectations for a resolution of the trade row are low after finance leaders from the United States' G7 partners butted heads with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at a meeting last week in the Canadian resort town of Whistler, British Columbia.

Britain, France and Germany have joined forces to urge the United States to exempt European companies from any sanctions the USA will slap on Iran after pulling out of an global nuclear agreement. "Maybe, but nobody is forever", he told a news conference flanked by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trump is unlikely to back away from the nationalistic policies that have frustrated and unnerved allies but which he sees as key promises to his most loyal voters.

His advisers have said he is trying to use the threat of tariffs as leverage to force other countries to lower barriers in a way that would allow more US imports.

French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to take the lead of the European brigade against U.S. President Donald Trump at the summit of the Group of Seven wealthy countries in Canada.

Canada's Trade Minister Francois Philippe Champagne called the recently introduced USA tariffs on steel and aluminum "an attack on the world economic order".

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His plea for unity may fall, even within the European Union.

While trade is expected to dominate, Trudeau also wants to focus on gender equality and climate change.

Macron, accompanied by his wife, Brigitte, arrived here at 3.20 p.m. on Wednesday and shortly after met Trudeau in the Canadian Parliament, Efe news reported. They tried to have close relations with him.

"We will also obviously have some very robust discussions on trade", Trudeau said.

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