Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe, met Bruno Le Roux, the new French Minister of the Interior, on 6 December. Le Roux was attending the meeting of the socialist parliamentary group, which he had chaired until that morning, in the French National Assembly. In meetings with the French Senate’s Committee for European Affairs and members of parliament, Roth called for Franco-German solidarity. “We must stand up together for our values. The promise of prosperity and solidarity applies to everyone in Europe. The Europe of solidarity and social cohesion must be revived,” he said.
Michael Roth, who is also Commissioner for Franco-German Cooperation, met members of the French National Assembly on 6 December. He was accompanied by his French counterpart, Harlem Désir. Prior to this meeting, he discussed future cooperation, including in the Franco-German Integration Council, with Bruno Le Roux, who had just been appointed as Minister of the Interior.
During his visit, Roth learned about professional training in France at Lycée Diderot and about opportunities for collaboration, including in the École Entreprise initiative.
At a meeting with activists from the NGOs Coexister and SINGA, he discussed dialogue between religions, tolerance, laicism (the strict separation of state and church) and integration.
In his talks with the French Senate’s Committee for European Affairs, Roth experienced the great interest in continued cooperation between France and Germany in Europe. He said that the forthcoming election campaigns in the two countries must not be allowed to interrupt this work. The challenges facing Europe itself and the military conflicts in the neighbourhood required resolute action.
The Minister of State’s visit to France was rounded off by a discussion with students about EU policies and Franco-German relations.
Find out more:
École Entreprise initiative: www.ecoleentreprise.fr
Coexister (NGO): www.coexister.fr
SINGA (NGO): www.singa.fr