Abe Arrives In France On First Leg Of Tour

Abe arrives in France on first leg of tour

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in France on the first leg of his tour of Europe and North America.

Abe will meet French President Emmanuel Macron at the presidential palace in Paris on Tuesday.

The leaders are expected to discuss the agenda for the G20 summit, which Japan will host in June. Items on the agenda include the promotion of free trade and the need to address the issue of plastic waste in the oceans.

Abe hopes Japan and France can work together to make the G20 summit a success.

He is expected to offer Japan's support for the efforts to rebuild the fire-damaged Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris.

The two leaders will also likely discuss the alliance between Japanese automaker Nissan Motor and its French partner Renault.

Macron will chair this year's G7 summit in August.

After France, Prime Minister Abe is scheduled to visit Italy, Slovakia, Belgium, the United States, and Canada.