Macron vows French support for Britain in fight against terror

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron talk during a bilateral meeting on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron talk during a bilateral meeting on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily.PHOTO: AFP

TAORMINA, Italy (AFP) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday (May 26) vowed France's total support for Britain's fight against terrorism after the Manchester attack as he met British Prime Minister Theresa May at the G-7 summit.

"We will be here to cooperate and do everything we can in order to increase this cooperation at the European level, in order to do more from a bilateral point of view against terrorism," Mr Macron told Mrs May in front of reporters, noting that "very young people" had been targeted.

Mrs May said Monday's suicide bombing at a Manchester pop concert, which killed 22 people including children, was "one of our worst terrorist incidents that we've ever experienced".

"Thank you for the solidarity you have shown to us since that event. But of course, France itself knows what it is like to suffer from terrorist attacks. And these incidents show us why it is so important for us to work together in defeating terrorism," said Mrs May, who is expected to issue a call for the G-7 economies to put more pressure on Internet companies to remove extremist content.