Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel held talks on Monday before the negotiations continue at the next European council.
Angela Merkel has broad support in Germany for her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Euronews poll. In France, fewer than half of respondents backed Emmanuel Macron's crisis response.
Angela Merkel sets of the role of EU in the aftermath of coronavirus as she prepares to lead the presidency of EU council
"I can honestly say that it pains me. Everyday I try to build a better relationship with Russia and on the other hand, there is such hard evidence that Russian forces are doing this," the German chancellor told lawmakers.
Rallies condemned ruling CDU party after it teamed up with far-right AfD party to vote the leader of the state of Thuringia out of office on February 5th.
Tensions have risen between the two countries since a Russian-Georgian man was murdered in Berlin in August.
A ceasefire and further prisoner swaps are among the items on the agenda at the summit in Paris.
Germany on Saturday marked the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall, a pivotal moment in the events that brought down Communism in eastern Europe.