French President Emanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, met in Paris to find common ground between the two nations on areas covering energy and defence.

The hastily scheduled meeting came as a joint meeting of the European countries cabinets last week, was postponed due to the differences.

In recent months, differences between the two EU giants have increased, particularly as it relates to relations with China and even fiscal policy.

Mr Scholz said the the two leaders held important conversations which touched upon European energy supplies, rising prices and joint defence projects.

The difficulties come as the EU struggles to reach an agreement on whether to cap gas prices in response to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Macron’s decision last week to postpone a joint cabinet meeting underlined the French president’s frustration, while Berlin blamed logistical difficulties for the postponement.