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"There is a common conviction that we cannot only deal with Britain's exit (from the EU), but instead that we must above all think about how we can deepen the existing European Union and especially the euro zone", she added.

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a media conference in Berlin, Germany, Monday, May 15, 2017.

Chancellor Merkel said she was open to Mr Macron's proposal to create a level playing field between European Union countries and other global trade partners.

Paris: A parliamentary majority looks to be within reach for centrist French President Emmanuel Macron in next month's parliamentary elections, opinion polls indicated on Thursday, as his cross-partisan government held its first meeting.

As for Brexit, with divorce talks expected to begin shortly after June 8th elections in Britain, it is unlikely that will be much of a brake on the Merkel-Macron duo, analysts said.

Macron, 39, who smashed the traditional left-right grip on French politics to win the presidency, gave ministerial jobs to conservatives, socialists and political newcomers Wednesday, appointing an unprecedented all-stripes Cabinet to bridge divides and broaden his support.

Leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon said that Philippe's appointment as premier showed the right had been "annexed" by the tentacular Macron.

Travelling to the German capital to meet the veteran leader in his first official trip overseas, Macron used the opportunity to call for a "historic reconstruction" of Europe, the German news website Local.de reported. "The axis between Germany and France will be even more crucial over the next couple of years because if the two don't sit together and reform the eurozone, we are probably going to have Le Pen in five years' time again".

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"For my part, in France I have to put in place deep reforms", he said.

The pope's telegram urged Macron to "always take care to build a more just and more fraternal society, with respect to differences and attention to people who are in situations of precariousness or exclusion".

To that end, Ms. Merkel said she would be ready to discuss changes to the European Union treaty to strengthen the bloc "if it makes sense".

"That is going to be easier said than done, it appears, with United States production running at its fastest pace since August 2015 and data, yesterday, confirming that Chinese growth momentum continues to moderate", ANZ strategists wrote in a daily note.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, an arch conservative who has come to personify Berlin's focus on fiscal rectitude, had suggested that Macron's idea of creating a budget and finance minister for the euro zone was unrealistic because it would require politically thorny changes to the European Union treaty.

CDU's Fuchs sees Macron as good partner for Germany.

The polling data does not forecast the number of seats REM and its allies would win in the 577-seat National Assembly, which is hard to predict because of France's two-round voting system.

Macron, who ran on a pro-EU platform, decisively beat far-right rival Marine Le Pen in the second-round vote earlier this month.

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