Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will travel to Athens today. This is the first visit to Greece by a member of the French government since the early parliamentary elections on January 25.
In the post-war period, the two countries have always been able to promote their relations bilaterally and in the framework of the European Union. The friendships that link General de Gaulle and Valéry Giscard d’Estaing with Constantine Karamanlis made it possible to develop active economic and financial cooperation activities, as well as to deepen the political relations between the two countries. Accordingly, France provided Greece with decisive support when it returned to democracy in 1974. Moreover, this assistance was symbolized by a slogan that continues to endure: "Greece, France: Alliance". France also played a decisive role in the negotiations that resulted in Greece joining the EEC in 1981.
The French President’s official visit to Athens on 6 June 2008 confirmed the excellent level of the Franco-Greek relationship. France is and will remain "Greece’s unfailing friend". Accordingly, we still enjoy close ties in every field. George Papandreou’s last trips to Paris (February, March, November 2010, and, more recently, last 6 January and 10 March) also helped consolidate this position. Thus, our support during the most serious economic crisis that has affected the country since democracy was restored was particularly appreciated.
Updated on 23.06.11
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