British Prime Minister Theresa May met France’s president on her first foreign trip since a catastrophic election that weakened her leadership as Britain heads into tough talks on quitting the EU.
The two were on opposite fronts of the Brexit negotiations — French President Emmanuel Macron wants the remaining EU nations to stand tough and unite even more closely as Britain leaves.
But May and Macron wanted to deepen counterterrorism cooperation after a string of attacks hit both of their countries, and they want tech companies to better police online extremism.
French President Emmanuel Macron said that he wants Brexit negotiations to start as soon as possible, following a working dinner with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
May arrived in Paris with her leadership hobbled by a catastrophic election last week just as Britain heads into tough talks on leaving the European Union.
British officials have suggested they wouldn’t be able to formally start Brexit negotiations next week as planned.
Macron said he wanted the negotiations to be led and coordinated by a European mission.
British Prime Minister Theresa May says that the U.K. and France will work together to press internet companies to reduce extremist material online.
May said they will look at creating legal liability for internet companies if they fail to do so.
With French President Emmanuel Macron by her side, May said the countries will do more to “stamp out this evil.”
She said major internet companies have failed to live up to prior commitments to do more to prevent extremists from finding a “safe space” online.
France and Britain have experienced several Islamic extremist attacks in the past few years.