May tough on terror in France visit

The pair are due to watch the friendly worldwide between the two nations at the Stade de France, where crowds are expected to sing God Save The Queen and observe a minute's silence in honour of the victims of recent terror attacks in the UK.

Mrs May, on her first overseas visit since losing her Commons majority, claimed her government could still represent a "unity of purpose" on Britain's behalf. After their talks, the two leaders will watch.

Newly-elected French President Macron exuded warmth and charm at today's meeting with the embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May, writes Catherine Feore.

After the terrorist attack that killed seven people in London on June 3, May accused USA tech companies of not having done enough to weed out extremists in cyberspace.

"In the United Kingdom we are already working with social media companies to halt the spread of extremist material and poisonous propaganda that is warping young minds", said the PM.

May traveled to Paris on Tuesday to hold talks on counterterrorism measures and Britain's departure from the European Union.

After two Islamist attacks in less than two weeks, May's bid to clamp down on internet extremism has struck a chord with worldwide leaders especially Macron, whose country has suffered several jihadist attacks since 2015.

In a press release, the Prime Minister's office said the campaign aims "to ensure that the internet can not be used as a safe space for terrorists and criminals".

Both countries would step up their efforts to engage tech companies, May saying corporations should "abide by their social responsibility to ... remove harmful content from their networks".

But May, who before the elections had said that "no deal is better than a bad deal", refused to state whether the election result would lead to a so-called "soft Brexit" involving closer ongoing links between Britain and the EU.

She was greeted by Macron in the Elysee courtyard and met with the president's wife, Brigitte Macron, in the palace's vestibule before a joint working dinner. England fans that night sang along with the French national anthem. 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.

Macron chose Berlin for his first trip overseas as president, holding talks with Merkel just days after taking office last month.

France's players were touched by the overwhelming show of support they received from England fans when they played a friendly at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2015 - just four days after the deadly attacks that swept through Paris.

Katz reported from London.

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