Political contacts between France and Finland intensified rapidly after Finland joined the European Union. Preparations for Finland’s Presidency of the EU in the second half of 2006, followed by the French Presidential election of May 2007 and the run-up to the French Presidency of the EU in the latter half of 2008 all fostered encounters at the highest levels: a State visit to France in March 2005 by the President of the Republic of Finland, Mrs. Tarja Halonen; talks between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen in January 2008; a visit by Prime Minister François Fillon to Helsinki in May 2008.
On 13 October 2010, Finnish Premier Mari Kiviniemi held talks in Paris with the French President and Prime Minister. France’s Minister for European Affairs, Laurent Wauquiez, visited Finland on 20 January 2011 for discussions with his Finnish counterpart, Astrid Thors, and Alexander Stubb. Jean Leonetti, France’s Minister for European Affairs, met his Finnish opposite number, Alexander Stubb, on 12 September 2011, in the wings of a meeting of the General Affairs Council in Brussels. On a visit to France, Finland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs,Erkki Tuomioja, met with AlainJuppé on 27 September 2011.
Bernard Cazeneuve, Junior Minister for European Affairs, welcomed Alexander Stubb to Paris on 24 May 2012 for bilateral talks. French Minister of DefenceJean-Yves Le Drian visited Helsinki on 8 June 2012 for a meeting with his Finnish counterpart, Stefan Wallin. Minister for SportValérie Fourneyron was the next to visit Helsinki on 28 June 2012, where she met her opposite number. Most recently, Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen met French President François Hollande on 2 October 2012.
Link to the french embassy in Finland: http://www.ambafrance-fi.org/
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