Merkel says Macron would be 'strong president' for France

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Emmanuel Macron would make a "strong president" for France, throwing her weight behind the centrist favorite to win a run-off on May 7 against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.
Asked in an interview if Germany would accept future French demands that it increase its contributions to the European Union, Merkel said: "We will see. I can't anticipate the discussions with the future French president."
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