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France's Macron urges Johnson to discuss Brexit proposals with EU

FILE PHOTO: France's President Emmanuel Macron attends a debate on the theme of pensions during a visit to Rodez, France October 3, 2019. Eric Cabanis/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron urged Boris Johnson to engage in discussions swiftly with the EU’s chief negotiator, during a Sunday telephone call in which the British prime minister outlined his latest Brexit proposals, an Elysee official said.

“Boris Johnson presented his latest proposals,” the official said. “The President told him that the negotiations should continue swiftly with Michel Barnier’s team in coming days, in order to evaluate at the end of the week whether a deal is possible that respects European Union principles.”

Reporting by Michael Rose; Writing by Laurence Frost; Editing by Frances Kerry