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Tête-à-tête Biya-Sarkozy In Paris Today July 25, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — kikenileda @ 3:13 PM

The Elysee Palace will provide the setting today for a working lunch
offered by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in honour of President Paul

Day four of the official visit of President Paul Biya and
First Lady, Chantal Biya enters a high gear today in Paris. At 13h00,
President Paul Biya will be welcomed at the Elysee Palace by French
President Nicolas Sarkozy. Shortly after a tête-à-tête, the French
President will offer a working lunch in honour of the President Paul
Biya at the “Salon des Ambassadeurs” of the Elysee Palace. The working
lunch ends one hour thirty minutes later for President Paul Biya to
leave for his residence in Paris –Hotel le Meurice. At 18h30 President
Paul Biya and wife are expected to meet the Cameroonian community at
Pavillon Dauphine before heading for the Sainte Chapelle for a concert
dubbed “Les Folies Baroques”. The First Couple are expected to leave
the Sainte Chapelle for Hotel le Meurice by 21h45. Yesterday, President
Paul Biya and First Lady Chantal Biya had a busy schedule after the
three-hour trip from Bordeaux to Paris earlier in the day.

Arriving Paris at 13h45, President Paul Biya had no time to rest. In
less than two hours of arrival at Hotel le Meurice, the Head of State
began receiving top French dignitaries in audience. Jacques Toubon, the
former French Minister of Justice was the first to be received in
audience. Now in charge of the preparations for the 50th anniversary of
the independence of over fourteen African countries South of the
Sahara, Jacques Toubon told the press that he sought audience to know
the views of President Paul Biya on the upcoming anniversary
celebrations. He disclosed that President Paul Biya reacted favourably
to the idea. The second personality to be received in audience was
Bruno Joubert, diplomatic adviser at the Elysee Palace in charge of the
African Unit. Mme Christine Lagarde, French Minister of the Economy,
Industries and Employment was the third in line to be received in
audience by the Head of State. She said it was the first meeting she
was having with the Head of State and her impressions were highly
positive. Thomas Fabius, son of Laurent Fabius, the former French Prime
Minister was also received in audience. Involved in humanitarian
actions, Thomas Fabius who was in Cameroon recently, has plans to work
with Cameroonian partners in the same domain.

After the series of fruitful audiences’ yesterday evening,
President Paul Biya and Madam Chantal Biya left for the French Foreign
Ministry (Quai d’Orsay) and were received on arrival at 19h30 by
Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs. After
discussions between the host and President Paul Biya, a dinner was
offered in honour of President Paul Biya and First Lady Chantal Biya.
Before the dinner, First Lady Chantal Biya visited the Centre of
Foreign Affairs Crisis while the husband was meeting with Bernard
Kouchner. As the official visit of President Paul Biya and Madam
Chantal Biya draws to an end, all indicators point to a full blown
success. As reflected in the prestigious French tabloid “Le Monde” of
yesterday, the official visit of President Paul Biya and Madam Chantal
Biya to France re-inforce the historic ties between the two countries.
The quality and quantity of meetings, audiences granted by President
Paul Biya and the working lunch at the Elysee Palace underline the
success story of a rich and fruitful official visit.


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