Macron welcomes von der Leyen for the start of the French EU presidency

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The French president and the head of the European Commission gave a joint press conference on Friday to mark the start of the six-month French presidency of the EU. Watch it live on AXADLETM.

Macron, who announced an ambitious program for the 27-member bloc, hosted Ursula von der Leyen and other European commissioners on Thursday for talks at the Elysee Palace.

“The year 2022 must be a turning point for Europe,” he said in a national New Year’s speech that praised the role of the EU during the Covid-19 crisis.

Analysts say the EU’s rotating presidency could serve its national campaign for a second term, within 100 days of the French presidential election.

Click on the player above to watch the press conference live from 11:15 am Paris time (GMT + 1)

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