France, Germany remain EU motor: Chirac

6th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 5 (AFP) - France and Germany "remain the indispensable motor of European construction," president Jacques Chirac told his German counterpart, Horst Koehler, in Paris Wednesday.

PARIS, Oct 5 (AFP) - France and Germany "remain the indispensable motor of European construction," president Jacques Chirac told his German counterpart, Horst Koehler, in Paris Wednesday.

Chirac's spokesman, Jérome Bonnafont, told journalists that the French leader made the remark in an hour-long meeting during which Koehler gave Chirac an update of the political situation in Germany, where a stalemate has emerged in forming a new government following inconclusive September 18 elections.

No one party won a majority in Germany's parliament after the vote, resulting in a bitter standoff between outgoing Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Angela Merkel of the conservative Christian Democrat party.

Chirac said he was "convinced that Germany was committed to seeing through its modernising policies, and that the friendship between Germany and France remained the indispensable motor of European construction," according to Bonnafont.

The relationship between the two big EU states is "important and immutable," Chirac said, adding that he wanted the bilateral understanding "to be present" in the preparation of an informal EU summit to take place in London October 27-28 so that the views of Berlin and Paris on Europe's future were expressed.

Chirac is to meet British prime minister Tony Blair, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, in Paris on Friday.

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