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Smile, Angela Merkel was welcomed by Emmanuel Macron Wednesday in Beaune (Coast D To say goodbye to France after 16 years in power, during which she worked closely with four French presidents.

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"Angela! Angela! Bravo!", Shouted the crowd waiting for the two leaders in downtown Beaune. A relaxed chancellor accompanied the French president, alongside their spouses, Brigitte Macron and Joachim Sauer, to greet the few hundreds of onlookers.

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"Take advantage of your retirement," launched a man in English, in the middle of the selfies.

After the solemnity of the peaks of the G20 and COP26, the atmosphere was very relaxed between the two leaders, who greeted themselves with a warm accolade.

For this goodbye visit, the Elysee chose Beaune, "a city whose historical monuments and wine culture illustrate the richness of French heritage".

After walking in the historic center, they had to visit the famous hospices of Beaune, architectural jewel of the fifteenth century flamboyant Gothic style. The former world famous hospital for its vineyard had welcomed François Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl in June 1993 for the 63rd Franco-German summit.

But, while the latter stayed for dinner, the Macron and Merkel couples will go to the Castle of Clos de Vougeot, an emblematic monument of Burgundy Winery located in the middle of the greatest Crus, founded by Cistercian monks in the eleventh century.

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Emmanuel Macron accueille Angela Merkel à Beaune pour faire ses adieux à la France © Hassan Ayadi Emmanuel Macron welcomes Angela Merkel in Beaune to review France

after a piano recital, the president and the Chancellor will be inducted into the brotherhood of the Knights of the Tastevin who, since its creation in 1934, famous Burgundy, its cuisine and its wines, as well as its traditions.

The Clos houses the World Egg World Championship, Burgundy specialty of mild eggs in a Burgundy wine sauce. The entrance is on the guest menu directed by Yohann Chapuis, Chief of the Greuze Restaurant in Tournus.

It will be accompanied by a pate of crust, truffles of Burgundy and grapes, a charrolais beef as well as fresh cheeses and chocolates of Burgundy. The whole watered from a Saint-Aubin 1st Cru of 2015 and one night Saint-Georges 1st Cru from 2014.

- "Listening capacity" -

One of the strong moments of the evening will be the discount, by Mr. Macron, Grand'Croix, the highest distinction of the Order of the Legion of Honor, Chancellor.

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 Angela Merkel, visiting farewell in France on Wednesday, will receive the Grand'croix of the Legion of Honor © Aris Messinis / AFP Chancellor Angela Merkel during a visit to Athens on October 29, 2021 a few weeks Before leaving the power, the German Chancellor will make a last goodbye visit to France next Wednesday to meet President Emmanuel Macron in Beaune. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel , on departure, will make a last visit of goodbye in France next Wednesday to meet President Emmanuel Macron at Beaune (Burgundy Franche Comté), said Friday Berlin.

This decoration, awarded to Konrad Adenauer, Willy Brandt, Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schroeder, "embodies the solidity of Franco-German friendship, maintained by Angela Merkel," says the presidency. By emphasizing the four years "fruitful work between the President and Chancellor to strengthen bilateral cooperation, marked in particular by the signing of the Treaty of Aachen in 2019, and to contribute to the European project".

since the 2017 presidential election, the personal relationship between Mr. Macron and Merkel has evolved considerably.

Initially, difficult to find a lot of common points between Chancellor 67, raised at the School of Caution, and the 43-year-old president who has erected audacity and movement in political markers. But over time, they have succeeded, according to many witnesses, to build a strong relationship of trust.

The French president has long been struck with German reluctance towards the increase in EU expenditure.

Faced with COVID, they have tightened their links to conclude an alliance resulting in 2020 at the European stimulus of 750 billion euros, largely funded by mutual European loans.

In recent months, the French president rented "the commitment", "patience" and "the capacity of listening" of the Chancellor.

Before Mr. Macron, Ms. Merkel had to adapt to the very different characters of Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande.

Chancellor must leave the policy after the constitution of a new government expected for December and currently negotiated by the Social Democrats (SPDs), the winners of the legislative of 26 September, with ecologists and the Liberals. If they succeed, the current Minister of Finance, the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, succeed him.

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