Netanyahu to Meet France's Macron in Paris on July 16

Netanyahu and Macron met for the first time during a memorial ceremony in honor of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in Strasbourg on Saturday

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to French President Emmanuel Macron during a memorial ceremony in honor of late former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, in Strasbourg, France, July 1, 2017.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will go to Paris in two weeks for his first working meeting with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron. The prime minister’s bureau said the two leaders are to take part in a ceremony marking 75 years since the deportation of the Jews of Paris.

Over the past week, the prime minister’s bureau and the Elysee Palace have been trying to coordinate a meeting between Netanyahu and Macron while they are both in Strasbourg, France for a memorial ceremony in honor of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Saturday. Because timing did not allow for a working meeting, it was decided to postpone it.

On Thursday, the prime minister’s bureau and the Elysee Palace set the meeting for July 16, deciding that Netanyahu would take part in the commemoration ceremony, as would Macron. Both leaders are scheduled to speak at the event, after which their meeting will take place.

Netanyahu and Macron spoke briefly in Strasbourg on Saturday, the first time the two had met face to face. When Macron came to Israel over a year ago when he was economy minister in Francois Hollande’s government, Netanyahu did not meet with him. After Macron won the presidential election, the two men spoke by phone, mainly to discuss bilateral cooperation in innovation and fighting terror.