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Macron to meet European leaders before G7 summit opens

media Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting in Trudeau's office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa REUTERS/Chris Wattie

French President Emmanuel Macron was to meet the other European leaders on Friday ahead of the G7 summit in Canada, as they prepare to confront US President Donald Trump over steel and aluminium tariffs and the Iran nuclear deal.

Macron on Thursday announced he would meet UK Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian PM Giuseppe Conte at 10.30am on La Malbaie, in the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk would also attend, he said.

Having met Canadian leader Justin Trudeau, Macron said that the leaders of several of the world's leading economies should not be afraid of failing to reach agreement with the US, following Trump's imposition of tariffs and threat of sanctions against companies trading with Iran, following the US withdrawal from the multilateral nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.

The disagreements would allow the "reforging of Europe", he said, and would "at least strengthen agreement between the six" at a summit that has been nicknamed the "G6 + 1".

After meeting Macron, Trudeau described Trump's claim that the tariffs were needed for the US's security as "laughable".

Macron warned that they would be "counterproductive" for the US's own economy and jobs.

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