Prime Minister Ludovic Orban arrived in France on Monday for a two-day official visit where he met French political leaders and discussed bilateral trade with officials in Romania’s traditionally closest foreign ally.
The premier met French Prime Minister Jean Castex, parliament speaker Richard Ferrand, a close ally of President Emmanuel Macron, and Gerard Larcher, speaker of the French Senate.
Mr. Orban received an official welcome by the French prime minister and the two held talks. The Romanian prime minister said his country „offered its compassion and solidarity” over the slaying of French teacher Samuel Paty who was beheaded by an Islamic extremist on Oct. 16 near Paris.
„France and Romania are united in the fight against terrorism,” Mr. Orban said at a joint press conference.
He also held talks with the chairman of the „Les Republicains” Party, Christian Jacob. Mr. Orban is the chairman of the center-right Liberal Party.
France is a traditional ally of Romania due to historical, diplomatic and linguistic ties.
The prime minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, Economy Minister Virgil Popescu, Defense Minister Nicolae Ciuca and Agriculture Minister Adrian Oros.
The visit which ends Tuesday has an important economic component. The Romanian prime minister will hold talks with representatives of the France-Romania Business Council within the Mouvement des Entreprises de France.
France is Romania’s sixth biggest trading country and third largest market for Romanian exports, the economy ministry said.
In 2019 bilateral trade was worth 9 billion euros with Romanian exports worth 517 million euros more.
French investments in Romania amount to more than seven billion euros.
Romania’s Automobile Dacia is owned by French group Renault and is the biggest company in Romania
It produces passenger cars like Logan, Sandero and Duster at its manufacturing plant located in Mioveni southern Romania and has some 14,000 employees.
Mobile telephone company Orange Romania, a unit of France Telecom’s Internet and mobile arm Orange had 10.5 million customers at the end of June, down 1.8% on the year, according to its interim financial report.