New French foreign minister to visit Berlin

7th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

7 June 2005, PARIS - Newly named French foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazy will make his first official trip abroad to the German capital Berlin on Thursday, diplomatic sources in Paris said on Tuesday.

7 June 2005

PARIS - Newly named French foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazy will make his first official trip abroad to the German capital Berlin on Thursday, diplomatic sources in Paris said on Tuesday.

Douste-Blazy is to hold talks with his German counterpart, Joschka Fischer, on the eve of a scheduled Franco-German summit to be held in the French capital.

Douste-Blazy, 52, assumed his new post on Friday, replacing Michel Barnier, who was sacked following the French rejection of the EU constitutional treaty in the 29 May referendum.

French president Jacques Chirac flew to Berlin last Saturday to meet with German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to discuss the consequences of the French and Dutch rejections of the treaty.

The two leaders will almost certainly use the Paris summit to continue their discussions on the issue, as European politicians attempt to seek a way out of the crisis provoked by the two referendums, as well as Britain's announcement that it was putting its own referendum on the EU treaty on hold.

DPA

Subject: German news

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