Macron raises final toast to Merkel

Rather than a grand state dinner at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, where Merkel has known four French presidents, Macron invited her to the medieval town of Beaune, capital of Burgundy wines, for her farewell visit to France as chancellor.

Following a reception at the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot and a piano recital by Alexandre Kantorow, Macron presented Merkel with France's highest award, the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour.

Merkel, 67, who has led her country for 16 years, will stand down when a new German coalition government has been formed following a Sept. 26 national vote in which she did not seek re-election.

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