First sign of rift between Merkel and Macron as France moves against German pipeline

First sign of rift between Merkel and Macron as France moves against German pipeline

France is set to challenge a controversial gas pipeline project between Germany and Russia in the first sign of a rift between Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel.

Less than a month after the French and German leaders signed a new friendship treaty and pledged closer cooperation to great fanfare, France announced on Thursday that it is backing a bid to bring Germany’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline under EU regulations.

The move puts Mr Macron’s government on a collision course with Germany, which has been trying to prevent the move in Brussels.

Nord Stream 2, which will carry gas direct from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, has long been a point of contention between Germany and its allies, and…

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