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French PM to visit Norway. The French Prime Minister François Fillon will be making an official two-day state visit to Norway on the 13th and the 14th of June. According to the French Embassy, he will be accompanied by Pierre Lellouche, the French Secretary of State for European Affairs. “The delegation’s visit to Hammerfest in Finnmark depicts an increased French interest in the Arctic issues,” Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Erik Lahnstein tells Nordlys.

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French PM to visit Norway

Published on Friday, 11th June, 2010 at 12:54 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

The French Prime Minister François Fillon will be making an official two-day state visit to Norway on the 13th and the 14th of June.

Francois Fillon, French Prime Minister
Francois Fillon, French Prime Minister
Photo: Remi Jouan/Wikimedia Commons


According to the French Embassy, he will be accompanied by Pierre Lellouche, the French Secretary of State for European Affairs.

“The delegation’s visit to Hammerfest in Finnmark depicts an increased French interest in the Arctic issues,” Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Erik Lahnstein tells Nordlys.

A visit to Statoil’s LNG plant at Melkøya outside Hammerfest is also on the agenda.

“The French are major co-investors and suppliers of technology there. They want to see how this works in practice and want to mark an engagement,” says Lahnstein.

Increased French interests in the High North, especially since the Norwegian-Russian Barents Sea agreement was signed at the end of April, go beyond oil and gas. They also include areas like technological advancement, climate, security and the environment.

Deputy Mayor of Hammerfest Kristine Jørstad Bock welcomes the visit from the French delegation, as it shows that the LNG plant at Melkøya is important not only to Norway, but also to Europe.

Prime Minister Fillon will also be meeting French citizens living here at Gamle Logen in Oslo on Monday.



Published on Friday, 11th June, 2010 at 12:54 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: francois, fillion, pierre, lellouche, prime, minister, secretary, state, european, affairs, french, embassy, oslo.





  
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