PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are holding talks on major European issues from Brexit to how to better coordinate policy on migrants.

In a short statement Friday, Merkel said "France and Germany share a common approach" on migration.

Both leaders are pushing for effective plans to bolster the EU's external borders and want the bloc to show greater solidarity in order to ease the pressure on point-of-entry nations like Greece, Italy and Spain.

At their meeting in the southern French city of Marseille, the two are also set to discuss Britain's looming exit from the European Union as well as defense issues.