June 9, 2018 / 6:02 PM / 4 months ago

France's Macron - G7 statement on trade only first step

LA MALBAIE, Quebec (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that a joint statement from Group of Seven nations was just a first step and marked an attempt to “stabilise things” as a trade dispute with the United States threatened to tear the alliance apart.

France's President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte arrive for the official welcoming ceremony the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

“This agreement...is good news and it marks a collective desire to stabilise things,” Macron told reporters. “Nevertheless, I do not consider that with a declaration all is obtained and it is obvious that we will have in the coming weeks, the next months, to continue to work.”

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; editing by Grant McCool

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