France’s Macron on way to Armenia for French countries’ meet

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<pFrench President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to Armenia to attend a summit of French-speaking countries.

<pFrance and other European countries are backing Rwanda's top diplomat Louise Mushikiwabo to lead the International Organization of Francophonie.

<pMacron, who is set to arrive in Yerevan around midnight, will also attend a concert featuring French and Armenian performers and pay tribute to French-Armenian crooner and actor Charles Aznavour, who died last week.

<pThe leader plans to visit Azerbaijan, locked with Armenia in a conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, next year. He also plans a separate visit to Armenia will come later during his term, according to his office.

<pMacron's trip to Armenia comes at a tumultuous time domestically. The French president had to delay a government reshuffle that notably aims at replacing the interior minister.