April 17, 2018 / 9:11 AM / a year ago

'The real France is back', EU's Juncker says after Macron speech

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) shakes hands with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) next to European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini as he arrives for a debate on the Future of Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday praised French President Emmanuel Macron’s commitment to the European Union.

“I want to express my emotion and friendship, when I hear the French president expressing himself in the way that he has. The real France is back,” Juncker told the European Parliament in Strasbourg after a speech by Macron.

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald in Strasbourg, writing by Robert-Jan Bartunek in Brussels; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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