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French Ambassador to Ireland: After 50 years of membership, your country is a superb illustration of what belonging to the EU can do best

Vincent Guérend


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Vincent Guérend, the French Ambassador to Ireland

Vincent Guérend, the French Ambassador to Ireland

Taoiseach Micheál Martin greets French president Emmanuel Macron at the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels earlier this month. Photo: AFP

Taoiseach Micheál Martin greets French president Emmanuel Macron at the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels earlier this month. Photo: AFP

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Vincent Guérend, the French Ambassador to Ireland

Last January 1, and for six months, France took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, taking the baton from Slovenia, and with the mission and responsibility of finalising ambitious laws and projects to establish a united, strong and sovereign European Union.

France sees its destiny in the EU and wants the EU to grow as a political union, based on democracy and rule of law, ensuring the peace and the highest degree of freedom, prosperity and equality to its
450 million citizens. That is why France had an ambitious agenda for its presidency, focusing on three key objectives: recovery, strength and a sense of belonging.


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