British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke at a press conference earlier this week before she met with French President Emmanuel Macron during her first trip overseas since the 2017 British general election.
After two attacks in Britain in less than two weeks, May’s plan to clamp down on hate speech online struck a chord with global leaders, especially the French president, whose country has endured a string of attacks over the last three years.
The leaders spoke in the garden of the Élysée Palace following a working diner, before departing for the France-England football match at the Stade de France, where they paid respect to the 30 people who died in the Manchester and London attacks. After their talks, the two leaders will watch.
He told reporters outside 10 Downing Street at the time that “an exit is an exit”.
Britain was rocked by a suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester on May 22 which killed 22 people, including children, followed two weeks later by a knife and van attack in central London, which left eight dead.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, warned on Tuesday that no progress had been made on the “extraordinarily complex” talks since Mrs May invoked Article 50 in March.
The king invited Macron to visit with the intent of strengthening the longstanding relations between Morocco and France, as well as consolidating the “bilateral relations based on the strong partnership” between the two countries, Morocco’s Ministry of the Royal House, Protocol and Chancellery, said on Wednesday morning. In an emotional show of support, players from both teams walked onto the field to sounds of the Oasis song “Don’t Look Back in Anger” played by the French Republican Guard.
Speaking ahead of the announcement, to be made at a joint press conference in Paris tonight, Mrs May said she and Mr Macron agreed that “more should be done to tackle the terrorist threat online”.
Four days after the November 13th, 2015, attacks in Paris, Wembley Stadium paid a similar tribute to the 130 dead.
Mr Macron, who held talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday, made the statement as speculation mounts as to when the Brexit talks – which were supposed to get under way on Monday having already been delayed by the United Kingdom elections – will finally get under way.
On that occasion, the London crowd joined in with the singing of the French anthem, “La Marseillaise”, which was also played before English Premier League games the following weekend.
France and Britain have experienced several Islamic extremist attacks in the past few years.