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Europe Day

The PMS advised journalists that the Prime Minister would be visiting Paris on Sunday to celebrate, which was particularly appropriate since this year was the centenary of the Entente Cordiale. In the morning, the Prime Minister and President Chirac would join a debate at the Elysee with a group of 400 French and British students. This would be followed by a private working lunch attended by the Prime Minister, President Chirac and Prime Minister Raffarin. In the afternoon, the Prime Minister and the French Prime Minister would address and meet with students at the Matignon. The Prime Minister would also meet Francois Holland, the leader of the French Socialists. In answer to questions about the debate at the Elysee, the PMS said that the participating British students were currently studying in the UK. The visit was part of a programme of links between British and French university students to mark the anniversary of the Entente Cordiale.

Asked what the Prime Minister, President Chirac and Prime Minister Raffarin would discuss during their working lunch, the PMS said that it would be a private lunch and we would not be briefing in detail on their discussions. No doubt they would cover a number of issues. She took the opportunity to remind journalists that the Prime Minister was in regular contact with President Chirac in any event, so it was not as if they would be meeting for the first time in a long time on Sunday.

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