Macron, Sánchez set to bolster Franco-Spanish ties at summit

French President Emmanuel Macron will meet Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in Barcelona on Thursday, for a bilateral summit aimed at strengthening cooperation in the wake of a recent spat over a gas pipeline project that has since been shelved. France and Spain, who have just “buried the hatchet” following a rare disagreement over an energy project, will celebrate the closeness of their relations in Barcelona.

Macron is set to sign a friendship treaty with Prime Minister Sánchez aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation in multiple sectors.

This treaty is only the third of its kind signed by France with a European nation, following the 1963 Franco-German Elysée Treaty – since fully completed by the Aachen Treaty in 2019 – and the Quirinal Treaty, signed with Italy in 2021.

The summit comes three months after France, Spain and Portugal agreed to shelve the contentious “Midcat” gas pipeline project – which Paris opposed – and replace it with a “green” hydrogen pipeline linking Barcelona to Marseille.

Credit: rfi


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