German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Franco-German relations will be strengthened with a ''new impetus'' during Paris visit. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday (July 13) she wanted to breathe new life into Franco-German relations, promising closer cooperation between the two European Union heavyweights with the aim of reforming the bloc. Merkel, speaking in Paris after a joint Franco-German cabinet meeting, added that Europe must take its fate into its own hands. "I believe that we have shown shortly after the new government here was installed that we are ready to activate Franco-German relations with a new impetus," Merkel said during a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.