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Hamburg's First Mayor Meets French Prime Minister Valls

On occasion of the Paris Air Show, Hamburg's First Mayor travelled to Paris to meet leading politicians and CEOs during his three-day visit

The three-day programme for Hamburg’s head of state included a visit of the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget and several meetings with representatives of the French government. Discussion topics ranged from the promotion of the aviation location Hamburg to vocational training, language learning, youth exchange, the protection of authors’ rights, and cultural diversity.

Inaugural Visit

On Monday, 15 June 2015, Hamburg’s First Mayor Scholz met the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls at the Hôtel Matignon for a conversation. It was the first official visit by Scholz within his mandate as a representative of the Federal Republic of Germany for the German-French cultural co-operation. Both have met on other occasions, most recently at the plenary session of the Franco-German Council of Ministers in Berlin in March 2015. Scholz talked to Valls on co-operations between the two countries in cultural matters and on current economic policy issues.

Meeting with Airbus Representatives

In the afternoon, Scholz met his counterpart Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, at the Hôtel de Ville, the Paris city hall. In the afternoon, Scholz participated in a reception held by Airbus at the Musée Rodin, where Dr Thomas Enders, CEO of Airbus Group, held the opening address. On Tuesday, Hamburg’s First Mayor Scholz visited the 51th Paris Air Show and met industry representatives.

France’s Contact for Cultural Affairs

In January 2015, the Federal Cabinet had appointed Scholz as new delegate of the Federal Republic of Germany for cultural affairs under the Treaty on Franco-German Co-operation. In this function, Scholz has the same rights and duties as a Federal Minister, and represents Germany’s federals states in education, media and culture. Thereby, the French Government benefits from having only key contact instead of ministers of Germany’s 16 states. In addition, Scholz has to align the policies from Germany’s states to the policy of the Federal Government in the field of cultural relations to France.

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