Maisonnave: relations between Greece and France “closer than ever”

ATHENS – Relations between Greece and France are “closer than ever”, French Ambassador to Athens Patrick Maisonnave said during a speech at a reception at the French Embassy to celebrate the July 14, France’s National Day, while highlighting the flight of the Greece Rafale plane over Paris during the celebrations. The event, held on Thursday evening, brought together, among others, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

“The Greek-French relationship is closer than ever, strengthened by the strategic cooperation we have signed. Symbolic [of it] are the Greek Rafale [aircraft] which flew over Paris this morning on the occasion of the military parade. Relations between the two governments are excellent and the two peoples have genuine mutual respect,” Maisonnave said.

He also mentioned the economic cooperation of the two countries, in areas such as transport, renewable energies and defence, as well as the very large number of French tourists who visit Greece and the strong interest of Greeks in the language and the French cultures.

The French ambassador referred to the internal situation in France, which was now ruled by a minority government and noted that the country must “learn the art of compromise”.

It was the first time that the French embassy had received official guests since 2019, when it organized a separate event for the French community in Greece the day before.