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Macron multiplies praise for Merkel’s farewell visit to France


German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a farewell visit to neighboring France, where she was greeted by a singing and cheering audience in Beaune.

French President Emmanuel Macron awarded Merkel the highest honor in the country, the badge of the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor.

Merkel is stepping down after nearly 16 years as German Chancellor and the visit to Beaune was her last trip to France in the role.

The three Germans political parties forming a coalition said they intended to have a new chancellor in early December.

“France has come to know you and then to love you,” Macron said, listing Merkel’s accomplishments and her work with the French presidents she has known over the years.

“You have helped to keep Europe united despite all obstacles,” Macron added, thanking the German leader for “having taught me so much”.

He also showed Merkel’s name in a list of delegations due to visit Paris in 1990.

Merkel’s last visit was to the town of Beaune in the Burgundy wine region, where they visited the Hospices de Beaune, a former 15th-century hospital.

French President François Mitterrand and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl once held a Franco-German summit there in 1993.

The two European leaders dined at the Château du Clos de Vougeot, a monument dating from the 12th century when it was built by the monks of the abbey of Cîteaux in the middle of the Burgundy vineyards.

Emmanuel Macron’s first foreign visit after his inauguration took place a day later when he traveled to Germany to meet with Angela Merkel as his predecessor François Hollande had done.

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