France's Macron congratulates Biden in first phone call to US president-elect
French President Emmanual Macron speaks on the telephone to congratulate US President-elect Joe Biden, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on November 10, 2020. © Ian Langdoni, AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday held his first telephone talks with Joe Biden since the Democrat was elected the next president of the United States, his Elysee Palace office said.

The talks between Biden and Macron, who sought to form a solid working relationship with outgoing President Donald Trump, focused on international cooperation on the main global issues, it added.

"The president congratulated Joe Biden and his vice president Kamala Harris and emphasized his desire to work together on the current issues -- climate, health, the fight against terrorism and the defense of fundamental rights," the Elysee said.

Macron has never met Biden, who served as vice president under Barack Obama from 2008-2016 before Macron arrived at the Elysee in 2017.

In contrast to some other EU leaders, Macron sought from the outset to build a strong relationship with Trump, hosting him for a high profile visit to Paris in 2017 and then again for the 2019 G7 summit in Biarritz.

But analysts say that the French leader has little to show for the diplomacy, with vast differences between Paris and Washington on issues ranging from Iran to the taxation of digital giants.