French President Emmanuel Macron will receive next week Armin Laschet and Olaf Scholz, the two candidates to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel who will run in the September 26 elections, the French presidency announced Friday.
Macron will meet Schulz, the current finance minister of the Social Democratic Party, on Monday, September 6, and Laschet, the leader of the Christian Democratic Union, on the eighth.
This comes at a time when Laschet, the conservative candidate led by the German chancellor, recorded a decline, a month before the legislative elections.
Whatever the outcome of the elections, the process of forming the next German government may be very complicated, with a formula that is not yet clear.
After the vote, Merkel, who has dominated German politics for 16 years, will step down.