Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin met with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Thursday 1 July.
According to the Government Communications Department, during their meeting, Prime Minister Marin and President Macron discussed bilateral relations between Finland and France, the situation with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic, the EU’s green and digital transition, and migration.
Both leaders also addressed the EU’s relations with Russia and other international issues, such as promoting gender equality.
Finnish government says bilateral relations between Finland and France "are close" and "the countries share similar views on many of the key issues at stake in the EU."
There has been an increase in trade between France and Finland, and France has been one of Finland’s ten most important trading partners in recent years.
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Prime Minister Sanna Marin (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace. Photo: Nikolai Jakobsen/Vnk.
France is also one of the countries that has offered to sell fighter jets to Finland.
On the previous day of her visit, Prime Minister Marin attended the high-level Generation Equality Forum organized jointly by France, Mexico and the UN.