Switzerland – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (Bern, 24 August 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will conduct a working visit to Bern on August 24. He will meet with Federal Councilor and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Ignazio Cassis.

The discussions will focus on the positive momentum in our bilateral relations, the main international issues, as well as relations between Switzerland and the EU. Switzerland, like France, is attached to preserving strong and effective multilateralism.

The bilateral relations between France and Switzerland are longstanding and close: We engage in regular political dialogue; the development of our cross investments reflects the mutual trust among our investors; the quality of our scientific cooperation reflects our high level of excellence in many areas (space, transport, energy and pharmaceuticals in particular). Switzerland has the largest French community (187,000 expatriates) and the largest Swiss community abroad is in France (200,000).

During his visit, Jean-Yves Le Drian will go to the Kunstmuseum Bern - Zentrum Paul Klee, the sole heir of the Gurlitt collection. He will be received by Vice President of the Foundation Jonathan Gimmel, as well as the director of the museum, Nina Zimmer. During the visit, he will reaffirm the commitments made by the prime minister at the commemoration of the Vel d’Hiv roundup on July 22 to restart the provenance research work and the process of returning looted cultural property, to which the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is actively contributing.