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President Kaljulaid met with French President Emmanuel Macron

President Kaljulaid met with French President Emmanuel Macron
Estonia and France stand in solidarity and share a common understanding and commitment to shaping the future of the European Union, said the President after the meeting.
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08.04.2018

"France and Estonia are good partners in the European Union and strong allies in NATO. We now stand together for democratic values and freedoms," said the Estonian Head of State after the Elysée Palace meeting.

President Kaljulaid thanked the French Head of State for the support he has given to Estonia. "Estonia and France stand in solidarity and share a common understanding and commitment to shaping the future of the European Union," said the President after the meeting.

In addition, the Presidents discusses security co-operation. "France was a member of the Alliance in the NATO Battle Group last year and we welcome them back next year," added President Kaljulaid.

The Presidents also spoke about the future of Europe, the next budget framework and European defence strategies.

This afternoon, the Estonian Head of State together with her French, Latvian and Lithuanian colleagues participated in the opening of the exhibition "Wild Souls - Symbolism in the Baltic States" at the Musée d'Orsay in the heart of Paris. "The impact of France and Paris on Estonia is deep and human; it is a mark on our national cultural memory that helped us to survive the hard years of occupation," said President Kersti Kaljulaid before the opening.

Tomorrow, President Kersti Kaljulaid will open an economic forum in Lyon, in which both French and Estonian companies will participate. The head of state will then visit the Lyon digital campus and open the Cyber Games organised by the Estonian company Rangeforce. She is also scheduled to meet with Stéphane Bouillon, the Prefect of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Georges Képénékian, the Mayor of Lyon, and have lunch with local politicians and economic figures.

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