May 8, 2017 / 7:32 PM / 3 months ago

French president-elect tells Trump he will defend climate deal - Macron spokeswoman

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French President elect Emmanuel Macron walks towards the stage at the Louvre Museum to give a speech to supporters after results in the 2017 presidential election in Paris, France, May 7, 2017. Picture taken May 7, 2017.Philippe Lopez/Pool

PARIS (Reuters) - French President-elect Emmanuel Macron told his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in a telephone call on Monday that he would defend a climate change deal agreed in Paris in 2015, his spokeswoman said.

"He is going to protect the climate change agreement, and he is going to make sure he will be vigilant in protecting the French people," Laurence Haim told CNN.

She said the two had also discussed during their 10-minute conversation issues including the fight against terrorism, transatlantic relations and the economy.

Climate change "is a very important and sensitive issue for the French. He told him (Trump) that he will protect what was made in Paris."

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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