Emmanuel Macron has said he would not punish the UK for Brexit if he were to be elected the new French president.
The election candidate for the presidency made the comments as he met with London Mayor Sadiq Khan at his offices in Paris on the day Article 50 is triggered.
The On Marche! leader made it clear he wanted a good working relationship to come from the negotiations.
He said: "The question isn't to punish the UK for a vote made by the British people.
"My priority will be to protect the European Union, its interests, and European citizens.
"My deep wish is to have another relationship between Britain and the EU.
"Especially on defence matters, I think it's important to work together."
Macron is the front-runner to win the French election, will polls suggesting he will defeat the leader of Front National, Marine Le Pen, in the second round of the vote in May.