Assistant Chief Minister, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, had a positive meeting with one of President Hollande’s key Ministers in Paris on Wednesday (7 November).
Together with Guernsey’s Chief Minister, Deputy Peter Harwood, Senator Bailhache held an hour-long meeting with France’s Europe Minister, M. Bernard Cazeneuve, at the French Foreign Ministry on Wednesday evening. The Channel Island Ministers were warmly received by M. Cazeneuve and held wide-ranging discussions.
M. Cazeneuve, a former Mayor of Cherbourg whose association with the Channel Islands is well established, supported Jersey and Guernsey’s wish to build on their close and fruitful regional relationships with neighbouring French départements to also develop the Channel Islands’ relationship with France at national government level.
Senator Bailhache commented: “The object of this meeting was to begin the process of developing relationships with influential figures in President Hollande’s administration. I am pleased to say that the meeting went well and that we were able to freely discuss many areas of mutual interest.
“I have invited M. Cazeneuve to come and visit us in Jersey, where we would be able to continue our discussions and talk to him in greater detail about some of the projects that we are engaged in with our neighbouring départements of La Manche and Ille-et-Vilaine.”