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Leclerc tanks, pipeline, energy transition… what to remember from Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz’s press conference


The German Chancellor was visiting Paris for the 60th anniversary of the reconciliation treaty between Germany and France.

Visiting Paris on January 22 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the reconciliation treaty between Germany and France, Olaf Scholz participated in a press conference at the Élysée with Emmanuel Macron. Earlier today, at the Sorbonne, the German Chancellor referred to the Franco-German couple as the “locomotiveof Europe, Emmanuel Macron, for his part, pleaded for France and Germany to becomepioneers for the refoundation” from Europe.

H2Med hydrogen pipeline extended to Germany

The European hydrogen pipeline project H2Med, aimed at developing the use of hydrogen on the continent, will be extended from the countries of southwestern Europe to Germany, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday during a a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

We have decided to expand the H2Med project which, thanks to European funding, links Portugal, Spain and France (…), to Germany, which will be a partner in this infrastructure strategy in terms of hydrogen“, declared the French president on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the reconciliation treaty between Paris and Berlin.

An “ambitious” European response to American industrial subsidies

France and Germany defined on Sunday a “common line“in favor of a European response”ambitious and fastto US industrial subsidies for energy transition, Emmanuel Macron said after a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Élysée Palace.

This action must be basedon simplicity, on greater visibility, on our support systems” and “provide the right public and private financing tools“, affirmed during a press conference the French president, who has been maneuvering in recent months to convince European countries, and in particular Germany, to initiate a plan just as massive as that of the United States to avoid the deindustrialization of Europe.

Deliveries of Leclerc tanks to Ukraine: “Nothing is excluded”

France does not rule out delivering Leclerc heavy combat tanks to Ukraine to support it in its war against Russia, Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday alongside Chancellor Olaf Scholz, while kyiv is calling for tanks, in particular to l Germany, which holds the key to the delivery of Leopard 2 tanks by several European countries.

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As for the Leclercs, I asked the Minister for the Armed Forces to work on them. Nothing is excluded and this is indeed appreciated collectivelysaid the French president, while Olaf Scholz, when asked about the Leopards, said that “the way we have acted in the past is still closely coordinated with our friends and allies and we will continue to act according to the concrete situation“.

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