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FILE PHOTO - French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a Trianon Council meeting (Conseil de coordination du dialogue de Trianon) aiming to strenghten the links between France and Russia at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Febuary 9, 2018. REUTERS/Ludovic Marin/Pool

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PARIS (Reuters) - French President Macron said on Tuesday he did not want to waste time over negotiations concerning Britain's departure from the European Union and that it was in the EU's interest that Michel Barnier was the bloc's only negotiator.

Macron and other EU leaders have said that the EU's remaining 27 member states are all united behind Barnier over Brexit as the two sides enter talks over a future trade relationship.

"I don't want to waste too much time on the issue," Macron told reporters in a question-and-answer session at the Elysee Palace.

(Reporting by Michel Rose; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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