FRENCH President Francois Hollande is visiting Slovakia on October 29.
His visit is the first official visit of a French head of state in Slovakia since the emergence of the independent Slovak Republic in 1993. President Hollande is visiting at the invitation of his Slovak counterpart, President Ivan Gašparovič.
The visit of the French President should also result in signing the Action Plan of Strategic Partnership for the years 2013-2018, which aims for the development of partnership and cooperation between the two countries, the TASR newswire reported.
Francois Hollande will open two exhibitions in Bratislava, and meet the Slovak constitutional officials – in addition to President Gašparovič, also Prime Minister Robert Fico and Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška.
On the day of Hollande’s visit, a protest gathering was organised to take place in front of the Presidential Palace in Bratislava, to protest against what the organisers call the French government’s ignorance of the call of millions of French people for protection of the traditional family, organiser Tomáš Kováčik said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. The protest is a response to the legalisation of same-sex marriages in France in May this year.
Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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29. Oct 2013 at 10:00