Chirac to make farewell visit to Germany

27th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

BERLIN, April 27, 2007 (AFP) - Outgoing French President Jacques Chirac will make a farewell visit to Germany on Thursday for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of the second round of the French presidential election.

BERLIN, April 27, 2007 (AFP) - Outgoing French President Jacques Chirac will make a farewell visit to Germany on Thursday for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of the second round of the French presidential election.

"The chancellor is delighted that Mr Chirac will hold talks with her before leaving his post," government spokesman Thomas Steg said on Friday.

"The chancellor has greatly enjoyed working with Jacques Chirac in whom she has found a trusted partner in European and international politics," Steg said, adding that Merkel wanted to express her thanks to Chirac in person.

With the departure of the 74-year-old Chirac from office, "a great statesman and a committed European will be leaving the stage," the spokesman added.

Both of the candidates in the second round of the French election on May 6, the conservative Nicolas Sarkozy and the Socialist Segolene Royal, held talks with Merkel in Berlin ahead of the election.

Merkel, a conservative, has not commented on either of the candidates.

Germany currently holds the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union.


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