Berlin, 6 February 2024 (TDI): France Prime Minister Gabriel Attal and Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz have expressed confidence in their defense companies to resolve longstanding differences and advance crucial projects aimed at enhancing European security.
France and Germany are collaborating on a new fighter jet and battle tanks. The German chancellor said that both programs are in the appropriate direction.
“I see both projects on the right track,” Chancellor Scholz reiterated. “I’m confident this big project, which we need for our security, will be successful.”
Asserting confidence in defense cooperation
During a news conference in Berlin, Attal emphasized the necessity of sustained investment in two key projects: the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program and the replacement of the Leopard 2 and Leclerc main battle tanks.
“There’s an absolute determination in our two countries and above all an absolute interest that’s reinforced by the return of war to the European continent,” At a press conference in Berlin on Monday, Attal stated after meeting with Scholz.
Chancellor Scholz echoed this sentiment, affirming confidence in the progress of both initiatives.
Despite challenges such as disputes over intellectual property and export policies, the FCAS initiative aims to unite France’s Dassault Aviation SA with the German-based defense arm of Airbus SE.
Additionally, France and Germany are collaborating on a new main battle tank as part of the Main Ground Combat System project. The leaders’ positive outlook indicates progress in overcoming hurdles.
Strengthening bilateral relations
Attal’s visit to Germany, marks his first international trip since taking office in January. This visitation underscores the significance of Franco-German relations.
Despite recent disagreements over defense, energy, and European finance. Both nations are striving for greater cooperation ahead of the European Parliament elections.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s upcoming state visit to Germany in May further symbolizes efforts to strengthen ties and foster collaboration.