France will do everything possible to help Britain fight terror: Emmanuel Macron

Italy: President Emmanuel Macron on Friday vowed France's total support for Britain's fight against terrorism after the Manchester attack as he met Prime Minister Theresa May at the G7 summit.

File image of President Macron. AP

File image of President Macron. AP

"We will be here to cooperate and do everything we can in order to increase this cooperation at the European level, in order to do more from a bilateral point of view against terrorism," Macron told May in front of reporters, noting that "very young people" had been targeted.

May said Monday's suicide bombing at a Manchester pop concert, which killed 22 people including children, was "one of our worst terrorist incidents that we've ever experienced".

"Thank you for the solidarity you have shown to us since that event. But of course France itself knows what it is like to suffer from terrorist attacks.

"And these incidents show us why it is so important for us to work together in defeating terrorism," said May, who is expected to issue a call for the G7 economies to put more pressure on internet companies to remove extremist content.

May was due to lead a discussion on counter-terrorism with fellow G7 leaders on Friday – including US president Donald Trump – and call for them to put more pressure on internet companies to remove extremist content.

After Britain raised its national threat level to maximum after the attack, May announced she would no longer attend the second day of the summit in the Sicilian town of Taormina on Saturday, and instead fly home late Friday.

Macron and May first met in February in London. He was still only a presidential candidate, but was invited to Downing Street for talks, including on Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

Both leaders said Friday they would discuss defence, trade and economic issues, while Macron also made reference to the millions of Europeans living in Britain, whose fate after Brexit has yet to be decided.

There are "hundreds of thousands of people living in your country, in our country, and sharing our lives", he said.

Published Date: May 26, 2017 15:02 PM | Updated Date: May 26, 2017 15:35 PM

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