France’s Macron to host Putin



French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed Saturday he had invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for talks on August 19, days before hosting a G7 summit. Macron said the meeting with Putin would take place at his summer retreat, the medieval fort of Bregancon near the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas on France’s Mediterranean coast. Speaking in Bormes-les-Mimosas, he said the fort was chosen because it offers the possibility “to work in isolation… and receive foreign leaders, which I will do with Vladimir Putin in a few weeks’ time”. Following the bilateral talks, leaders from the world’s seven most developed nations are set to gather in the southwestern French city of Biarritz on August 24-26.

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