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French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May attend the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will hold a joint news conference on Friday at the end of a European Union summit, a rare step which underscores the push for deeper cooperation between Berlin and Paris.

German and French officials confirmed that the two would respond to post-summit questions from reporters together. The last time leaders from both countries held a joint news conference at an EU summit was in Bratislava in September, when Merkel appeared with Francois Hollande.

(Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; Writing by Noah Barkin)

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