Saturday 25 March 2017

French PM opens new embassy with words of renewed friendship

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Tánaiste Joan Burton at the opening of the new French Embassy on Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Tánaiste Joan Burton at the opening of the new French Embassy on Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
John Downing

John Downing

FRANCE has backed the Government's bid to secure an easing of EU budget rules in the aftermath of Ireland's exit from its bailout programme.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls made the commitment last night as he opened France's new embassy to Ireland in Dublin.

Mr Valls said there must be budget "flexibility" even though France, like Ireland, remains committed to upholding European rules.

"Because we are coming out of the crisis, which hit every country but especially Ireland; the measures that we must take, the rules that we put in place, must take account of this return to growth," he told RTE News.

"And nothing must prevent Ireland from maintaining this high level of growth that is being admired by other countries. And Ireland can depend on the engagement of France by its side."

Tánaiste Joan Burton greeted Mr Valls last night as TaoiseachEnda Kenny was at an EU summit.

Irish Independent

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