Germany, France Divided Over Energy Crisis and China

PARIS—Geopolitical tensions, from Europe’s energy crisis to relations with China, are driving a wedge between Germany and France, straining ties between countries that have anchored the European Union’s economy and security for decades.

The rift was apparent in the decision to scale back a summit Wednesday between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron. The two leaders were initially expected to meet in Fontainebleau, south of Paris, with their cabinet members in tow. That customary display of Franco-German unity was abruptly rescheduled for January, however, setting the stage for Mr. Scholz to travel to Paris on Wednesday for a more modest working lunch with Mr. Macron inside the Elysée Palace.

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