Sólyom meets French president
Friday, March 10, 2006, 15:44
Hungarian President László Sólyom met French President Jacques Chirac on Friday and discussed European Union issues and bilateral relations. Sólyom said the Hungarian business season in France, which was closing officially with his visit, had been highly successful was already bearing fruit. Sólyom, who arrived to France for a two-day official visit on Thursday, told Chirac during the hour-long meeting that EU newcomers, including Hungary, would resist any moves that might lead a second class of citizens within Europe, and at the same time called for restrictions on free movement of labor to be lifted in all old member states. Sólyom said the French proposal of increasing the biometric visa fee to 60 euros would considerably hinder the travels to France of ethnic Hungarians in non-EU countries bordering Hungary and requested a consideration tailored to each country. The French president strongly welcomed Sólyom's initiative to establish a network of "green" presidents, an informal organization of presidents dedicated to environment protection.