Time to say goodbye! Merkel greets Hollande with kiss before last official dinner

The German chancellor greeted the outgoing president at the Chancellery in Berlin on May 8, just one day after the centrist former banker was elected as the next leader of France.

Photographs show the pair met one another with a hug and a kiss ahead of their private dinner this evening – a fond farewell between two allied politicians.

At the meeting Ms Merkel hopes to thank the president “for the close cooperation in the past five years, for a good chapter of Franco-German friendship, for the very intensive cooperation”, according to her spokesman.

But no other comments were made before the media ahead of the visit.

Mrs Merkel and Mr Hollande have worked together within the, the G7 and the G20 countries, and across multiple crises affecting the Brussels bloc over the years.

The French leader is due to be replaced this weekend with Emanuel Macron, after he won the second round run-off on Sunday.

“Emmanuel Macron carries the hopes of millions of French people and of many people in Germany and the whole of Europe. 

“He conducted a brave, pro-European campaign. He stands for openness to the world. 

“He stands firmly behind a social market economy and we know that Germany and France are bound by fate.”

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